Genre: Metal / Progressive
Location Skien, No
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Last Login: 8/27/2011
Member Since 4/28/2006
Record Label SPV / Steamhammer
Type of Label Major
BioFounded in 2000 from the band Silverspoon by Nils K. Rue, Thorstein Aaby, and Stian Kristoffersen. Pagan's Mind released their first album, Infinity Divine, that same year. The following album, Celestial Entrance, was released in 2002 and was a relatively big success even outside of Norway. A re-recorded version of Infinity Divine was released in 2004. Their third album, Enigmatic : Calling, was released in 2005 and debuted at number 15 on the Norwegian album charts.Their most recent album, God's Equation, was released on November 9, 2007. In February 2008, power metal band Power Quest announced that Pagan's Mind guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad will be providing guest instrumentation for the upcoming album Master of Illusion. In 2008, Pagan's Mind toured with Sonata Arctica on their Unia tour. In 2009, Pagan's Mind played ProgPower USA and released their live DVD "Live Equation". Pagan's Mind have stated through their Facebook group that they will be returning to the studio after their USA and Canada tour to work on their fifth studio album which they hope to have as an early 2011 release.
MembersVocals - Nils K. Rue, Guitars - Jorn Viggo Lofstad, Keys - Ronny Tegner, Drums - Stian Kristoffersen, Bass - Steinar Krokmo
InfluencesDream Theater, Crimson Glory, Stargate
Sounds LikeDream Theater, Symphony X, Kamelot, Circus Maximus
No upcoming shows/events
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Live Equation (DVD, CD), 2009
God's Equation , 2007
Enigmatic : Calling , 2005
Infinity Divine ,reissue- 2004
Celestial Entrance , 2002
Infinity Divine , 2000
In the year of 2000, the Norwegian scene brought up PAGAN'S MIND, whose latest album is the progressive masterpiece God's Equation,released in November 2007. The Norwegian quintet put all its musical experience so far into the album. God's Equation is a musical giant consisting of groove, melody, intelligent heaviness and ambitious song writing. Skillfully and cleverly, all musical essences of what constitutes progressive Heavy Metal, are joined here. But not only progressive for the sake of it – God's Equation sees the band combine riffs that hit you in the face as well as catchy melodies and keyboard magic, with a production and mix that gives the band a unique sound.
PAGAN'S MIND’s talent could already be noticed on their debut album Infinity Divine, released in 2000. This album was produced by no lesser than TNT guitar wizard Ronni Le Tekro. Within the scene, the album, released on a small label based in Oslo, became a fast selling item and got excellent reviews. The band, established by Nils K. Rue on vocals, Stian Kristoffersen, drums, and Thorstein Aaby on guitar (1971-2007), and later joined by Jörn-Viggo Lofstad (guitar), Steinar Krokmo (bass) and Ronny Tegner (keyboards), was encouraged by the success of their debut album and quickly commenced work on new material for the next album, Celestial Entrance, in co-operation with successful producer Fredrik Nordström (DIMMU BORGIR, HAMMERFALL, ARCH ENEMY, IN FLAMES). For this album, PAGAN’S MIND deepened its progressive style partially based upon DREAM THEATER, QUEENSRYCHE and RUSH, but topped it all off with filigree Power Metal elements and exciting arrangements. In 2002, the band started a co-operation with Limb Music Products, known as LMP, which released Celestial Entrance in the fall of the same year. The album gave the band much deserved attention, and elite festivals as ProgPower USA and ProgPower Europe, as well as Sweden Rock Festival, invited PAGAN’S MIND to play in 2003. Celestial Entrance scored massive attention in the industry as well, and Stian Kristoffersen was invited to play drums for FIREWIND, Nils K. Rue joined Canadian EIDOLON, and Jörn-Viggo Lofstad became Jorn Lande’s closest partner for his band, named JORN.
The final mix of the third album, Enigmatic: Calling, was once again done in well-proven co-operation with Fredrik Nordström in his Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. For this album, the band sounded more melodic, yet at the same time harder. It took over one year of work, and after its release in 2005, PAGAN'S MIND got the chance to play on more prestigious festivals as
well as return to Sweden Rock Festival, ProgPower Europe and the newly established ProgPower UK. It was unforeseeable that the album stormed the Norwegian album charts shortly after its release, but that only affirmed the talented work of the band. At the end of that year, the band did a headliner tour in England.
All that encouraged PAGAN'S MIND even more: They started immediately working on new material, and at the same time they decided to climb to a new level with the band. Their idea for the next step was to incorporate none other than Stefan Glaumann from Toytown Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, well known for its work with RAMMSTEIN, PARADISE LOST, WITHIN TEMPTATION and BON JOVI. The result of the co-operation, God's Equation, surpasses even the highest expectations. PAGAN’S MIND has been able to improve yet another time – they have applied all experiences of the past years to a point where they have their own distinct sound. With God's Equation, PAGAN'S MIND prove that they take no second place to the big, monumental works of the scene leaders.
Following the release of God's Equation, which the band celebrated by bringing the roof down at the ProgPower US festival in Atlanta, Pagan’s Mind have worked hard to support the latest album, and in November 2007 the band hit the road with legendary Prog Metal veterans Fates Warning. This stint was followed by three weeks with German band Brainstorm in March 2008, and a week of UK dates with Sonata Arctica from Finland.
After a successful appearance at the Waldrock festival in Holland in July 2008, the band is currently shaping up for the ProgPower Europe and Scandinavia festivals in October and yet another European tour in November 2008, once again playing direct support for Sonata Arctica. This will take the band into 2009, with plans to intensify the hard work and keep recording and playing live for the ever increasing number of fans all over the world.
After some successful appearances in The Netherlands PAGAN'S MIND returned to their studios to start recording the new album which they hope to have released early 2011.