Kelly Kereliuk - Guitars John Mamone - Vocals Justin Faragher - Bass Mike Harshaw - Drums
Starting off with “Pawns Of The Damned,” Prismind immediately shows off some tasty beats created by drum master Mike Harshaw, who has played on stages worldwide from 70,000 Tons Of Metal to Wacken. Accompanying with some progressive and groovalicious bass arrangements is Justin Faragher and shredding his way through every tune is solo is Kelly Kereliuk. Completing this four piece ensemble is the most recent addition to Prismind, vocalist John Mamone whose style reminds me of Falconer’s Mathias Bland with a little more power. Though Bland doesn’t seem to be able to reach those super high ball crushing heavy metal cries to often, except for some falsetto cries in “Void”, he makes up for it with a beautiful vibrato.
I found that each song played off the same stylistic themes of old school metal structures, but with progressive twists that made each song fresh and interesting. From beginning to end, I found myself humming along to each tune, something which I both love and hate. It’s great to listen to songs you simply want to join along into, but it also means that the vocals at times were a bit predictable. Breaking up that predictability were constant changes in beats and intermittent solos as Prismind kicked into their progressive arrangement.
“Time Unforgiving” goes heavier with a faster thrash-like pace and even a touch of grunginess added to the vocals, which was a nice surprise. All in all, Prismind has created a fantastic album that is easy listening for classic, progressive and thrash fans alike. Give Disciples By Design a listen for yourself and support some good ol’ Canadian metal!