UNIVERSAL MIND PROJECT‘s fantastic debut album “The Jaguar Priest” was released on April 29th (via Inner Wound Recordings), and it’s filled with perfectly executed modern progressive/power metal combined with the unique diversity of male and female vocals!
Apart from band members Elina Laivera, Henrik Båth [Darkwater], Michael Alexander and Alex Landenburg [Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody], the album also includes performances by Nils K Rue [Pagan’s Mind], Mark Jansen [Epica, Mayan], Charlie Dominici [ex. Dream Theater], Mike Lepond [Symphony X], Diego Valdez [Helker] and more!
“The Jaguar Priest” was mixed by Simone Mularoni [Ancient Bards, DGM, Vision Divine] at Domination Studios and the impressive artwork was created by Jan Yrlund [Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani, Leah] at Darkgrove Design.
Furthermore UNIVERSAL MIND PROJECT has unleashed their first official music video for the song “Truth”, watch it below.
01. Anthem For Freedom
03. The Bargain Of Lost Souls
05. Awakened By The Light (Universal Mind)
06. A World That Burns
08. The Jaguar Priest
09. The Force Of Our Creation
Universal Mind Project line-up:
Elina Laivera – Vocals
Henrik Båth [Darkwater, Waken Eyes] – Vocals
Michael Alexander – Guitars, Growls
Alex Landenburg [Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody, 21 Octayne] – Drums
Guests on the album:
Nils K Rue [Pagan’s Mind] – Vocals on “Bargain of Lost Souls”
Mark Jansen [Epica, Mayan] – Growls on “Anthem For Freedom”, “Truth” and “Dreamstate”
Charlie Dominici [ex. Dream Theater] – Vocals on “The Jaguar Priest”
Diego Valdez [Helker] – Vocals on “Awakened By The Light” and “Seven”
Alessandro Bissa [Vision Divine] – Drums on “Dreamstate”, “Anthem For Freedom”, “Awakened By The Light”, “Bargain Of Lost Souls” and “Truth”
Mike LePond [Symphony X] – Bass on “Truth” and “The Force Of Our Creation”
Emanuele Casali [DGM] – Keyboards on all tracks
Johan Reinholz [Andromeda]- Guitar solo on “The Force Of Our Creation” 07:08-07:30
UNIVERSAL MIND PROJECT biography:
Founded in 2012 by guitarist and composer Michael Alexander, UNIVERSAL MIND PROJECT began as a collaborative project between musicians from all around the globe to finally shape into a band with a solid nucleus consisting of Elina Laivera and Henrik Båth [Darkwater] on vocals, Michael Alexander on guitars and growls and Alex Landenburg [Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody] on drums.
In a mix of perfectly executed modern progressive/power metal combined with the unique diversity of male and female vocals that stylistically spread from lyrical and fragile to soothing and powerful, as well as the use of growl vocals at parts of the record, the debut album of the band “The Jaguar Priest” encloses a most impressive league of artistic creation.
The album was composed by Michael Alexander and Elina Laivera and a lot of hard work was put into writing the best possible vocal lines for each guest vocalist gracing different songs on the album. The result is truly rewarding. Apart from Elina Laivera and Henrik Båth, the album also includes performances by Nils K Rue [Pagan’s Mind], Mark Jansen [Epica, Mayan], Charlie Dominici [ex. Dream Theater] and Diego Valdez [Helker] -forming an incredibly powerful team of vocalists, each of whom add their own distinctive style to the songs.
One should find melodic and mellow passages, yet really heavy moments on ”The Jaguar Priest” -all combined with philosophical, spiritual and other diverse themes that inspired the dynamic duo of Alexander and Laivera along the creative process of the album.
Expressed through catchy hooks, bursting riffs, killer guitar and keyboard duets, as well as super melodic choruses performed by top names of the metal scene, the sensational power-sound of UNIVERSAL MIND PROJECT has come to blast your speakers off and is destined to capture full attention within the metal music community.
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