Album review: The Golden Fleece – Mind Mirror

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Album artwork

Words by Lady Godiva

In Greek mythology, The Golden Fleece is the fleece of the golden-wooled winged ram, which is a symbol of authority and kingship. It figures in a classic hero’s tale in which Jason and his crew of Argonauts set out on a quest. They embark on a sea voyage into an unknown land, with a great task to achieve – to search for a magical ram’s fleece, which Jason has to find in order to reclaim his father’s kingdom from the usurper King Pelias. His adventures would take him beyond the known world to acquire the fleece of the magical ram which once belonged to Zeus, king of the Gods.

Their chosen name sets the bar high for this four piece from Peoria, Illinois, who are on a mission of their own. One has to wonder, what is their quest with this second album? To take you beyond usual mental and physical limits to higher streams of consciousness, as indicated by the title Mind Mirror.

‘Arrival’ conveys from its first notes an epic narrative dimension as a psych folk troubadour’s tale set in a bygone era. Beware though, looking at the artwork for Mind Mirror is catching a first glimpse of the mastermind of these mad scientists who delve into the hidden depths of your mind. These wizards from Illinois will take full possession of the listener’s senses and conscience to make you their prisoner.

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The Golden Fleece

Lost somewhere in time, stepping on The Golden Fleece’s turf is falling down an abyss full of lysergic hallucinations and sharp sensations. Surreptitious at first, you may think you have penetrated the rabbit hole but your adventures will definitely be more akin to Ken Kesey’s ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’ than to Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

The title track ‘Mind Mirror’ makes a shift into the future and also changes the whole rhythm and mood, summoning a realm of occult with a gradual surge in power which keeps growing and exploding in the following tune Eloise’. There is witchcraft and devilry in these sounds! A sensorial rollercoaster induced by luxurious amounts of abrasive guitars.

More magnetism gradually develops throughout the record, with Black Sabbath or more recent psych gurus Dead Meadow springing to mind along the way. The spirit fluctuates between chaos and abundance with cunning interludes and twists and turns to cover their tracks and keep you in their clutches, until the apotheosis ‘Behold/Nightfall’.

Mind Mirror is a grower of a record as each listen reveals a different facet, leaving you with the singular and lasting imprint of these rock wizards’ electric eye on you, sneaking into the innermost secrets of your soul. A work of guileful incantation.

Mind Mirror will be released on April 5th and is now available for pre-order at www.thegoldenfleeceband.com

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