Pagan's Mind at Norway Rock Festival 2008
|Also known as||Silverspoon (2000)|
|Genres||Progressive metal, power metal|
|Labels||Limb Music, SPV/Steamhammer|
|Associated acts||Eidolon, Firewind, Beautiful Sin, Kinrick, Trivial Act, Aeon Zen|
|Members||Nils K. Rue
Jørn Viggo Lofstad
|Past members||Thorstein Aaby|
Pagan's Mind is a progressive metal band from Skien, Norway. They have released five studio albums, and the current line-up has every member of the band except Thorstein Aaby, who quit in 2003 and died in 2007.
Founded 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, Heavenly Ecstasy, was released in 2011.
In 2009, Pagan's Mind played ProgPower USA.
On March 2, 2011, Pagan's Mind announced Heavenly Ecstasy as the title of their forthcoming album. The band also released a new song called "Intermission" as a premiere for the online radio show "The Metal Madman". The album was released on SPV/Steamhammer on May 20 in Germany, May 23 in other parts of Europe and in June in USA/Canada.
On August 11, 2014, Pagan's Mind launched a crowdfunding campaign to fund their next live release called Full Circle - Live At Center Stage, which ran till September 20 and was successfully funded by 163% through their Indiegogo campaign. On July 31, the release date of Full Circle - Live At Center Stage was announced to be on October 16, 2015 in a Blu-ray+2CD, DVD+2CD and 2LP+CD format through SPV Steamhammer GmbH.
Their music is influenced by Stargate, especially the theatrical film. In an interview, frontman Nils K. Rue said: "I wouldn't say I like the TV series Stargate, because I never saw an entire episode of that. But I really like the film Stargate. Of course, I took some inspiration from that..."
- Nils K. Rue – lead vocals (2000–present)
- Jørn Viggo Lofstad – guitar, backing vocals (2000–present)
- Steinar Krokmo – bass, backing vocals (2000–present)
- Ronny Tegner – keyboards (2000–present)
- Stian Kristoffersen – drums (2000–present)
- Thorstein Aaby – guitar (2000–2003; died 2007)
- Infinity Divine (2000, re-recorded in 2004)
- Celestial Entrance (2002)
- Enigmatic: Calling (2005)
- God's Equation (2007)
- Heavenly Ecstasy (2011)
- Live Equation (2009) (DVD)
- Full Circle: Live at Center Stage (2015) (Blu-Ray, DVD)
DVD and video
- New World Order Live and Supremacy Our Kind Live (ProgPower USA VIII Concert DVD)
- God Equation Live 2009 (Promo/Concert Sale DVD)
- "Through Osiris' Eyes" (Celestial Entrance)
- "Aegean Shores" (Celestial Entrance)
- "Enigmatic Mission" (Enigmatic: Calling)
- "Atomic Firelight" (God's Equation)
- "Intermission" (Heavenly Ecstasy)
- MusicMight bio featuring the claim
- Norwegiancharts.com listing for week of charting
- "PAGAN'S MIND: Album Title Revealed; New Song Available For Streaming". Blabbermouth.net. Roadrunner Records. 2 March 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
- "Guest Musicians". New Ayreon Album. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
- Murphy, Bill, ProgPower USA VIII interview with Nils K. Rue, Part One