I heard Mystery previously on one of the Unicorn Digital samplers and liked what I heard. Once the news was out that a new album was released, I anxiously awaited to hear it. Mystery is the brainchild of Unicorn Digital founder, guitarist and main writer Michel St. Pierre.
The music is somewhere between progressive rock & metal with a AOR feel. I was reading that they’ve been compared to bands like Yes, Pink Floyd, Marillion, IQ, Pendragon and Dream Theater. But I’d say their sound can be summed up as a progressive rock version of the band Rainbow (Joe Lynn-Turner era).
Mystery’s Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face feeds my needs for when I want to listen to a more simplistic form of the progressive rock genre. A welcomed change from some of the more complex, chaotic formats. Their music is for the fans of accessible/ song based side of prog, as well as some mainstream rock fans.
I believe bands like Mystery can help bridge the gap between those genres, say a stepping stone. Everything on this album will satisfy the fans of the aforementioned bands as well as fans of music that has great melody, instrumentation, lush keyboards, and a vocalist that adds to the music instead of a distraction. Go get this album and hear for yourself… and unlock the Mystery!
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on October 2nd, 2007
Upon writing this review, I read that Mystery’s bass player Patrick Bourque passed away. (1977 - 2007)