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A TORN MIND are a Scottish progressive rock/ metal act with a contemporary, melodic sound. The band was formed in 2005 by lead vocalist/ guitarist Grant Kilpatrick, guitarist/ saxophone player/ keyboard player Chris Hartles, bassist/ vocalist Ryan Anderson and drummer/ vocalist Euan Sked. A TORN MIND combines influences from traditional progressive rock acts such as RUSH and GENESIS with contemporary progressive rock and metal acts such as THE MARS VOLTA and DREAM THEATER. The band released their debut EP "Barriers" on the 1st of March 2010. "Barriers" is entirely self-produced, recorded and mixed by the band themselves over a period of 9 months. "Barriers" is available digitally from most download stores and physically direct from the band's merch store.

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A TORN MIND Barriers

EP · 2010 · Progressive Metal
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An Adventurous and Promising Debut

Every band has to start somewhere, and A Torn Mind seems to have hit the ground running with Barriers, their debut EP. Combining great compositions with a sense of originality and distinction, A Torn Mind is definitely a band to keep your eye on. This young Scottish quartet is one of the few new progressive rock/metal bands who is willing to bring something new to the genre, rather than standing in the shadows of the prog metal giants. Although this debut EP could be better in a few aspects, this is a remarkably positive entrance into the prog metal scene for A Torn Mind.

Barriers is a cross between modern neo-progressive rock, prog metal, and some softer AOR touches. The AOR part of the equation is, surprisingly enough, part of what makes A Torn Mind so enjoyable. The mellow sections with atmospheric synths and a soloing saxophone really give the band their own distinct sound. There is actually saxophone in almost every song on Barriers, and its great to hear A Torn Mind using somewhat unconventional instrumentation. Just listen to something like the opening track, Sixes and Sevens, to understand what I mean. The variation in that song is terrific. The closing track, Vita, is also a great example of the variation on Barriers. There are even Latin-influenced trumpets in that song, in addition to some of the heaviest prog metal moments on the whole EP. There is also even a ballad of sorts, Titans, which is one of the best songs here. As a whole, A Torn Mind is willing to show a wide range of influences and a daring attitude, and thats what sets these guys apart from the sea of Dream Theater clones out there.

The musicians in A Torn Mind are terrific, from an instrumental and vocal standpoint alike. Though the instrumental parts often take the cake, there are some great vocal harmonies throughout the EP. Listening to a song like Sixes and Sevens really shows what a talented bunch these guys are, seamlessly combining complexity with melody and harmony. The same can be said about the highly-diversified Vita. One of the most interesting things about A Torn Mind is the prominence of the bass playing from Ryan Anderson. In many cases with prog metal bands, the bass seems to get lost in the transition, but the bass always plays an important role here.

The production is good, though the vocals sound a little dry. Its a minor complaint, however. Generally Barriers sounds great, albeit a bit raw at times.


Id been excited about hearing Barriers ever since I first found out about it in November of 2009, and I can confidently say that the EP has lived up to my expectations. A Torn Mind is one of the most promising young bands on the prog metal scene right now, and I cant wait to hear where they go in the future. They have the talent and the potential to become a big name in the prog metal world. As for now, Barriers is a great debut, well-deserving of a 3.5 star rating. Let's hope these guys keep making great music in the near future!

A TORN MIND Barriers

EP · 2010 · Progressive Metal
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Barriers is the debut release by Scottish progressive rock/ metal act A Torn Mind. It´s a 5 track 39:31 minute long EP. The EP is an entirely self-produced and self-released affair. Barriers was released on the 1st of March 2010.

The music on the EP is somewhere between progressive metal and contemporary progressive rock in style. This is not the most "metal" release you´ll ever hear but there are certainly parts that are pretty heavy. References to especially Dream Theater are very obvious but a band like Enchant and their more commercially friendly take on the progressive rock/ metal genre is also a valid reference. Most of the time A Torn Mind are not nearly as heavy as those two acts can be though. The 5 tracks on the EP show the diversity of A Torn Mind well. This is one of those eclectic progressive acts that are hard to pin down. One moment they play some technically complex Dream Theater-like instrumental runs and the next they are closer to sounding like an emotional contemporary rock act. The addition of saxophone to a couple of tracks on the EP gives the music yet another dimension. The vocals are the weak point here. While they are certainly not bad, they don´t really provide the music with that extra something that could have meant that Barriers would have risen above the average. It´s when the band play the instrumental parts that they shine IMO. And shine they do. A Torn Mind are very accomplished musicians. There are lots of tempo- and time signature changes in the songs, fast runs and just loads of great ideas that the band are fortunately accomplished enough to pull off. So right now the strength of A Torn Mind lies mostly in their great musicianship. They will have to work on their material, cut down the most obvious influences and work on the vocals too if they want to impress me with a future full-length studio album release. I think Edge of the World has the strongest memorable melodic material on the EP. More of that please.

The production is good for an independent release, but it´s not fully professional. Again it´s mostly the sound on the vocals that isn´t fully on par with the rest of the production. Overall the EP is pretty well sounding though.

Barriers is a promising first release by A Torn Mind and if they make the right decisions in the coming years I actually think they stand a chance of being discovered. I have great respect for artists with an adventurous attitude and A Torn Mind fits that description very well. A 3 star rating is warranted.

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