Divine Regale

Ocean Mind

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With the heyday of progressive metal well in the past, there was little hope that Divine Regale's 1997 debut Ocean Mind would fare very well in a musical landscape dominated by alternative rock. And sure enough, with a vocalist reminiscent of Queensryche's Geoff Tate and a sound not unlike Michigan's Thought Industry -- though not nearly as unpredictable -- this New England sextet pretty much vanished without a trace. For the most part, songs like "Change?," "No Part of This," and "Horizon" never establish their own identities, seeming instead like collections of references to the aforementioned bands, as well as others like Dream Theater and Fates Warning. Rare exceptions like the title track and "Underworld" only succeed because of Divine Regale's ingenious use of a full-time keyboard player -- the band's only truly original dimension. Still, nothing here will interest anyone but the most masochistic prog metal completist.

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