The single “Solution Revolution” from album “Empires Falling” by “Mentalist” is nothing short of an exhilarating and energizing breath of fresh air.
MENTALIST, the Saarbrücken Germany based Melodic Metal group, like maybe no other recently new band has managed to leave big, positive marks in the Power Metal scene! After the big success of the debut album „Freedom Of Speech” (2020), the German/ Swedish foursome consisting of Peter Moog (guitars), Thomen Stauch (dr., ex BLIND GUARDIAN), Kai Stringer (guitars) and Swedish exceptional singer Rob Lundgren just lightly scraped past of the German official media control album charts with their 2021 effort.
This particular track is structurally unique in that the opening verse is kept to a minimal length, and the harmonized hook section steps in fairly quickly, which is brilliant; extremely effective songwriting, and instantly intriguing – even if first heard just quietly in the background.
The whole track is constantly changing. The melodies evolve progressively, so there’s never a moment at which your attention is not held by the sound and the emerging story. Lyrically, the track is as sublime as ever, the meaning behind the words holds great value, and the various levels, as it were, that come together to make the song, each brings something unexpected, gradually increasing in intensity, always keeping things interesting.
Lyrics aside for a moment, the track itself brings about a fairly new sound. The fresh energy of the music, the riffs and the melodies, the uplifting nature of the soundscape on the whole, and the artist’s voice – with its calming confidence and a clear sense of character – all make for something that ticks a lot of boxes. The louder you play it, the better the feeling. Then when you do focus on the lyrics, the whole thing shines even brighter; it’s something meaningful now, valuable, and important.
There’s a blissful after-effect to this track that music fans often crave, and it’s a beautiful thing to discover. The music has an enthusiasm to it that passes on to you as you listen. There is something about the transcending of genres here that strikes hard. The music itself perhaps wouldn’t be quite as powerful without the artist’s words, in the same way, that the artist’s words, although poignant, thoughtful, and beautifully poetic, are given more of a glow within the space of this music and the mood set by it – there is simply perfect chemistry of elements taking place. The result is something that sounds great, means a lot to those who listen, and expresses the leading artist’s creativity and thought process with great skill and warmth.