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Universal Mind Project – bandleader/guitarist Michael Alexander and singer Elina Laivera

September 19th, 2016


Band leader/guitarist Michael Alexander and singer Elina Laivera
Universal Mind Project

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the additional promo pictures of the band.


Universal Mind Project is a new act that released their debut album earlier in 2016. The band is led by guitarist Michael Alexander and singer Elina Laivera and they’ve gathered some well known people to feature on the album, titled THE JAGUAR PRIEST. Guests on the album are singer Nils K.Rue (Pagan’s Mind), Mark Jensen (Epica), Diego Valdez (Helker), Charlie Dominici (ex-Dream Theater) and Alessandro Bissa (Vision Divine) to name a few. I had the pleasure to talk to vocalist Elina and growler/guitarist Michael about working on the album, production, guests, a new label, and what the plans are in the future for the band. If you like the music of Avantasia, the Genius trilogy, or Soulspell, you have to check Universal Mind Project out. Enjoy.


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PAGAN’S MIND & Neonfly @ Camden Underworld

August 5th, 2011

Pagan’s Mind and Neonfly

@ Camden Underworld

20th May 2011

Review: James Griffiths

Photos: Jo Blackened, Altercarnated Photography

Friday night in Camden around the Underworld seemed unusually quiet seeing as Pagan’s Mind are playing tonight, even heading downstairs to the venue it’s the same story…but things were soon about to change!


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PAGAN’S MIND – Worldwide Deal With SPV/Steamhammer; New Album/Tour

March 21st, 2011
Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy

Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy

Norwegian metallers PAGAN’S MIND have announced a worldwide collaboration with SPV/Steamhammer for the future, commencing with the band’s upcoming album, to be released on May 20th in Germany, May 23rd for the rest of Europe and in June for the US/Canada.

The fifth studio album from the hard-hitting melodic metal outfit will be named Heavenly Ecstasy, and to promote the album the band will embark on a tour of the UK and Benelux.

Guitarist and producer Jørn Viggo Lofstad says: “After considering offers from various labels, we decided to be a part of the new SPV family. Signing with such a respected label gave us the spark to come up with what we think is the most cohesive album we have done, and probably our best offering so far. We can’t wait to get back in action and present these songs to you all.”

SPV / Steamhammer A&R Olly Hahn replies: “I’m very happy that Pagan’s Mind decided to join the SPV family. The band always delivered some of the best and most exciting metal music and with the new album they even put up a dash re!”


To promote Heavenly Ecstasy, the band has lined up the following shows so far:



20 – London, England – Camden Underworld

21 – Manchester, England – Satan’s Hollow

22 – Wakefield, England – The Snooty Fox

23 – Grimsby, England – Yarbirds

24 – Nottingham, England – Bensons

25 – Birmingham, England – The Roadhouse

26 – Zaandam, Netherlands – De Kade

27 – Uden, Netherlands – De Pul

28 – Dokkum, Netherlands – Dokk’em Open Air

29 – As, Belgium – GC Drieschaar



7-10 – Kvinesdal, Norway – Norway Rock Festival

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PAGAN’S MIND – Title Of New Album Revealed, New Song Available For Streaming

March 3rd, 2011

On March 2nd, Norwegian metallers PAGAN’S MIND revealed the title of their forthcoming sixth studio album on The Metal Madman Radio Show. The album will be called Heavenly Ecstasy and the song ‘Intermission’, which debuted on the show, is now available for streaming here.


Pagan's Mind: Nils K Rue, Jorn Viggo Lofstad, Ronny Tegner, Steinar Krokmo, Stian Kristoffersen

Pagan's Mind: Nils K Rue, Jorn Viggo Lofstad, Ronny Tegner, Steinar Krokmo, Stian Kristoffersen



Heavenly Ecstasy, the follow-up to 2007’s God’s Equation, was mixed last fall by Stefan Glaumann – known for his work with RAMMSTEIN, MADONNA, WITHIN TEMPTATION – at Toytown Studios in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Stratovarius with Pagan’s Mind – Sept. 18, 2009 – Toronto, Canada

September 24th, 2009


Stratovarius with Pagan’s Mind

Local openers – Borealis, Lords of Hera

Sept. 18th, 2009 @ The Opera House

Toronto, Canada

Review and pics by EvilG

It’s not often you get to see one of your favorite bands for the FIRST time. Such was the case with my trip to see Stratovarius in Toronto.

Before we dive into the review, a note about the format… As you may notice, the pics, while passable, are not incredible like the ones you’ll find in most of our other live reviews. This is because I do not usually photograph live shows since I live in the wastelands where no bands visit and as such have no real experience taking live photos. As well, even though I did have a photo pass, there was no special front of stage area to get up close to try for awesome shots.

Lastly, this review will not only cover the performances but will review the experience and treatment that we received as VIP ticket holders.

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