MindGrinder - MindTech

posted by Greg, Friday September 3, 2004 @ 02:00:19 PM

Artist: MindGrinder (http://www.mindgrinder.com)
Album: MindTech
Release Date: June 29th, 2004
Label: Candlelight

Rating: 7.5/10

Recommended Tracks: War Solution, Starspawned Vision, Fire & Equanimity

Do you like your metal brutally heavy? Do you like it melded with industrial-type whirring/banging/buzzing sounds? Do you like it played with cold, machine-like efficiency and an overall ominous, foreboding mood oversahdowing everything? Are you a fan of bands like Zyklon and Fear Factory? If you answered no to any of these questions you can go ahead and stop reading because you'll think this album sucks and your mom is probably telling you to shut off that damned AOL computer machine you're always spending time on in the basement and go to bed anyway. For everyone else, prepare to be mangled underneath the grinding treads of powerhouse industrial metal that is MindGrinder.

Hailing from the metal hotbed of Norway, MindGrinder play a style of music that is at times a slow, lumbering monstrosity of swirling grooves and at other times a chaotic frenzy of double bass and pounding riffs. Interspersed throughout each song are various samples of what sounds like pieces of steel and iron clanging and banging together, like what you'd hear if hell were a foundry and Satan was the head blacksmith. An easy band to compare them to is Zyklon in terms of sound, and in fact vocalist Cosmocrator was once a session player for Zyklon. The man obviousy did his homework while with the band, as he and his crew of industrial metal misfits have put out an album that rivals, maybe even tops, any recent output from their fellow Norwegian counterparts.

The album art features gears grinding together, and your eardrums will feel the same way after a few listens. Each track rolls off the assembly line with ferocious efficiency ready for consumption by your greedy little ears, and the album maintains an impressive intensity thoughout its entire 47 minutes. Even the random metal clanging samples manage to sound cool, as they more often than not seamlessly integrate into the music rather than overshadowing it or just being in there for show. I guess MindGrinder's philosophy is to cram as much metal as possible into one album, be it heavy metal or actual metal itself.

The mechanical nature of the album is also unfortunately one of its few downsides though. After a while it can all start to sound the same to you, especially in the drumming department. The riffing is excellent throughout the whole album, but every drum pattern starts to sound the same after a while. You might think the drums on this album are just mindless droning double bass over and over... and for the most part you'd be right since a mindless drone actually is perfomring percussion duties here. They lose points for using a drum machine when the stuff on this album could easily be handled by an average metal drummer, but for what it's worth the stuff programmed in is well done, and fits very well with the overall mechanical feel of the album. But, as any Atlanta band will attest to, it's pretty damn hard to find a good metal drummer these days.

If the new Fear Factory album wasn't heavy enough for you, or you just feel there isn't enough industrial-influenced metal out there in the world today, MindGrinder offers an excellent solution to your problem. If you're looking for the next big thing in metal that no one's done before (or a drummer for that matter) you need to look elsewhere, but if you want your body to be ground up and serve as lubrication for the cogs in a well oiled death metal machine, MindGrinder would be more than happy to accomodate you.

- Greg

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