Listening to Mentalize proved to be my most frustrating listen of my whole life. The album is truly fantastic, there’s no doubt about it. Rating this album is extremely difficult for me now, since I can only imagine how amazing it would sound with uncompressed files.
The style of Matos’ music hasn’t changed. It’s still melodic power metal, just like on the debut album Time to Be Free. Significantly less progressive and less symphonic, but still very catchy and highly enjoyable. At least this is how I think it will be, because the truth awaits out there somewhere in the future. (I prefer future over history, because future is more fresh. History is kind of worn-out, isn’t it?) No matter how good the songs were, I can’t say enjoying my initial listen too much.
The best songs on the album are the ones from the first to the last. Now I can’t wait to hear the proper version.
EDIT August, 28th: I have a proper version of the album now. I can’t explain how much better the album sounds. I have to agree with Matos; forever is too long. The wait for this proper version felt like forever to me, but fortunately now the wait is finally over.
I still agree with the earlier version of myself that all the songs are good, but now, after many listens, there are several standout tracks. The six best songs are “Leading On”, “Shift the Night Away”, “Mentalize”, “When the Sun Cried Out”, “Violence” and “Power Stream”. And my two least favorite songs are “Back to You” and “A Lapse in Time”, which not surprisingly are the two slowest songs on the album.
Do not download this album. Buy it. If some album has deserved your hard-earned money, it is Mentalize.