Mindrot "Soul" CDPosted on Thursday, November 10th, 2005 @ 11:20am » permalink
I always forget how far back this band goes, but Mindrot formed in California in 1989, coming from somewhat more of a hardcore/punk background and eventually developing a punishing brand of midpaced material that was doomy without being doom. With plenty of thick power chords in tow, contrasted by soft clean passages and distant ambient soundscapes, the band provided just as much vocal variation in terms of singing and speaking working with hoarse low-end shouting or tortured screaming (check out the end of "Nothing" below). Often compared to Neurosis, which is mildly accurate both in terms of general dynamics as far as certain textural similarities with some of the vocal work and song structures and with regards to their darker outward growth from their hardcore/punk roots, the loads of bleak melody and direct lyrical content in Mindrot's material always achieved far more of a personal element for me. So while those comparisons are worthwhile, and also confuse me as to why Mindrot was never more appreciated in their day, they were absolutely their own entity.
In the latter half of the band's existence they dropped two killer full-lengths, "Dawning" in 1995 and "Soul" in 1998 (both on Relapse Records), the latter of which boasts my all time favorite Mindrot track: The brooding masterpiece "In Silence". Sadly the group called it quits very shortly after this record came out when their fucking amazing drummer Evan Kilbourne quit the band to join a horrendously terrible ska act by the name of Save Ferris. Remaining members John Flood and Adrian Leroux were to do some sort of project afterwards, but I'm not sure what happened there, if anything. Thankfully the other ex-members, Dan Kaufman and Matt Fisher, formed Shiva, which morphed into Eyes of Fire – a band that I highly fucking recommend since they basically continued right where Mindrot left off. Check this shit out and tell me these cats shouldn't have been more known seven to 10 years ago, eh?
I wouldn't have expected it, but I guess this disc is out of print? Even Relapse seems to be out of "Soul", and there aren't but so many used copies out there either. So… if for some odd reason you never picked up on these guys, you should grab one while you can:
Does anyone have the early Mindrot demos or 7" material? I never could find any of those over the years. Get in touch if you can lend a hand. Thanks.