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Mystery - 1991 Mystery

ARTIST: Mystery
ALBUM: Mystery
LABEL: ARS Productions
YEAR: 1991


LINEUP: Peter De Wint - vocals * Geert Annys - guitars * Philip Dewilde - bass * Chris Taerwe - keyboards * Kris De Brauwer - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Land Of Mystery * 02 Please Don't Leave Me Now * 03 Eclipse * 04 Heart On Fire * 05 We Are United * 06 Keep On Rollin' * 07 One Way To Rock * 08 Forever * 09 Fight For Your Life * 10 Stronger Than Ever * 11 Wonderland * 12 Fata Morgana

If my memory serves me correctly, Peter De Wint used to be a member of Belgian metallers Crossfire. A typical euro-metal helter-skelter outfit along the lines of Ostrogoth and Raven. How the hell he progressed from there to this pomp-lined classic is indeed a mystery. Bringing along Crossfire drummer Kris De Brauwer for the ride, De Wint has teamed up with a band who at first glance, want to give the likes of Zinatra or 1st Avenue a run for their money. I've known about this album for sometime, but have given it scant attention for whatever reason. Naughty me, as it's overblown pomp/melodic rock, and upon closer inspection the thumbs are definitely 'up'. What inspired them to play this style considering their history (well De Wint's history at least) I'm not sure, but whatever, if you're into keyboard dominated melodic rock, then this is one bunch you'll need to track down.

The Songs
Opening up 'The Land Of Mystery', they set the scene for some colourful melodic rock. The guitar solo from Geert Annys is exceptional. The short melodic intro of 'Eclipse' leads into 'Heart On Fire' where they chug away with guitars and keyboards set to stun. 'We Are United' has a prog metal edge to it.. the solos courtesy of Annys impress yet again. The Zinatra like keyboard attack can be heard on the superb 'Keep On Rollin'. Love this one! Mind you, the next track 'One Way To Rock' is cool too, big keyboard layers and cutting guitars! And where would we be without a ballad on an album like this? Well thankfully Mystery deliver us 'Forever', full of ambient pianos and stirring lyrics. The band plug into the 'electrics' again for the rampant 'Fight For Your Life' while 'Stronger Than Ever' is a mid-tempo track, which has a lot of grandiose passages contained within.

In Summary
They released a second effort called 'Backwards', produced by the Harem Scarem pairing of Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance. That may be worth tracking down for obvious reasons! In the meantime, I'm sure you'll see this debut effort being offered by European traders on Ebay at a reasonable price. Surprisingly good, and of course if you're a fan of the aforementioned Zinatra or 1st Avenue, then you'll need no reminding won't you?

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#1 | george_the_jack on June 04 2008 15:37:59
''Please Don't Leave Me Now'', God what a song strangely not mentioned by George....A very overlooked melodic rock GEM. Peter apart from being a great vocalist he is an accomplished sound engineer these days as well as a great personality! Had the luck to meet him several times.He rocks!
#2 | KurtmanJP on June 08 2008 20:22:44
Reminds me of a much more keyboard-oriented Know Illusion. The opening track 'Land Of Mystery' is downright killer!
#3 | george_the_jack on June 09 2008 13:56:20
Land of Mystery is a great tune as well but ''please don't leave me now' is winning the final battle for me! It's a more melodic approach of Yngwie J Malmsteen's first heavy rock releases.
#4 | swazi on February 12 2010 21:05:06
Their second one "Backwards" is great as well! Should be reviewed really ..
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