This 21-minute CD is a solid debut by Norway's Winds, demonstrating the band's virtuosic yet restrained style of classical-rooted progressive metal. The presence of drummer Hellhammer and guitarist Carl August Tidemann, two-fifths of the lineup on Arcturus' Aspera Hiems Symfonia, creates some surface similarities to that album, but the other key elements in Winds' sound -- Lars Eric Si's crooning vocals and Andy Winter's subdued piano playing -- steer Of Entity and Mind in a different direction. The overall feel is a shade dark and surprisingly mellow, with a solitary, thoughtful quality that is highlighted by the effective but sometimes vague lyrics (e.g., "What do I search for in the distance/This memory haunts me still"). Listeners should note that this EP is included in the U.S. release (on The End Records) of Winds' first full-length, 2002's Reflections of the I.
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AllMusic Review by William York