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Mystic Force - Man Vs. Machine (9/10) - USA - 2001

Genre: Progressive Metal
Label: Siegen
Playing time: 62:39
Band homepage: Mystic Force


  1. Idiosyncrasy
  2. Identical Strangers
  3. Man Vs. Machine
  4. Circuitboard Ministry
  5. Mechanical
  6. Man Made Master
  7. One And Only
  8. Terminal
  9. Ladder Or The Fall
  10. Suffering Mind
  11. Master The Moments
  12. Thinking Out Loud
  13. Transitions
Mystic Force - Man Vs. Machine
Great that this band still exists. I am following their career ever since their demo-days and think that MYSTIC FORCE have developed from release to release. They still are a progressive Metal-band, but far less technical then on the grandiose album "A Step Beyond".

Keith Menser (MYSTIC FORCE-head and Siegen Records-boss) also has taken a new vocalist aboard, but still he is no stranger, because it is no other than William Wren, who had ennobled ORACLE's "When Darkness Reigns". His high voice sounds much like Geoff Tate (QUEENSRYCHE) at his best, but still it doesn't get to my nerves at all, a true master of his profession as he also doesn't shrink back from low, aggressive shouts and even growls.

The song-writing is very demanding and all songs are killers, no fillers. Production, packaging, arrangements, everything is on the highest level. I don't think that I say too much when describing this album as an "up-to-date", heavier version "Operation: Mindcrime", because there is a concept to the music.

So who thinks that the good old US-Metal is dead, get the latest releases of SPIRIT WEB, NIGHTMARE'S END or MYSTIC FORCE. They are the living proof that it still is more than just alive!

Ralf Henn

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