The newest band to ascribe itself to the new breed of violent Blackened Death Metal mixed with a few electronic touches popularized by the likes of ZYKLON and MYRKSKOG, MINDGRINDER finds itself in a rather comfortable position. With the genre being relatively new in this form and not a lot of bands playing it, MINDGRINDER don’t need to be the most original act in order to be successful, as the genre’s limited material will shield them from being called copycats. All of that is beside the point, however, as without some engaging music to back them up, it doesn’t matter how many other bands play this music.
So what does MINDGRINDER offer? Pretty much what you’d expect, actually, although that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They prove early on that they’re a ferocious band, while not quite reaching the same level that ZYKLON reached on “World Ov Worms”, which I consider to be the apex of the genre; they are still a formidable force. “Deception” offers an anthem like quality, which they manage to accomplish without compromising any of the brutality that one would want from a band like this.
The only real blemish on the album is the uncomfortable “Starspawned Vision” which sees the band slow things down, as well as reduce the heaviness and add some less than stellar clean vocals. Once the song is over with, however, it is immediately forgotten about with the aid of “Human Error”, another one of the standout tracks on the disc.
Fans of this particular sub genre, or anything brutal, should have no problem finding a place for MINDGRINDER in their CD racks. (Online September 6, 2004)