FEARINGMIND proclaim that they play Progressive Thrash on their web-site, and basically “Psychotic Episode” does exactly what it says on the tin. Thankfully the progressive element to this demo is not over-indulgent, aggression is never far away.
This music spans the last twenty years, style wise, and I’ve no doubt you could pick out a different influence each time you listen. That by no means detracts from this offering, which grows on me spin after spin. I have to say my staple fare is in the extreme store, but if something rocks it will gain my appreciation, “Psychotic Episode” most certainly does rock and shows a band looking to provide something individual to their core sound. There is a full album pencilled in for early 2005, so it will be interesting to see how they develop.
The first track begins with an endearing wrong-footer in the shape of a (genuine) string intro before the band hardnose into “Apathetic Memoirs”. This song, as well as the rest, is diverse amongst its thunder, with eloquent guitar work walking hand in hand with belligerent riffery. The drums and bass are equally expressive, supportive one minute before bruising it with the twin guitars. Thankfully the lead work is reined in and not overly long, fitting hand in glove with the rhythmic side to the songs.
The lyrics are delivered in a gruff hard rock way, redolent of some of the beer sodden NWoBHM I have stashed in the attack. The songs deal with substance abuse, the mind, with the final track going balls out in praise of the juggernaut that is Heavy Metal. The production compliments the bands style well, not too clean and allowing space for the infectious riff work. The pace is mainly held at full gallop, interspersed with reflective passages and sections that build up the force, sometimes sticking the boot in with some right twisted hits.
What FEARINGMIND have delivered with this sterling effort is intelligent Thrash Metal mixed with “You looking at me?” bar room brawl aesthetics, catchier than the clap songs, and lyrics that steer away from derivative devilry. Do I like it? Yeah I do. (Online November 2, 2004)