Mind Patrol – ‘Against All Predictions’   7 comments

From Lucerne, Switzerland, Mind Patrol now introduce their debut album, ‘Against All Predictions’. A thrash metal band, with ‘in your face’ melodies, vocals and catchy choruses, Mind Patrol have been performing in numerous cities for 3 years and are well known in their local scene, in Switzerland. Having so far played over 50 shows nationally, they’re now ready to unleash their debut, ‘A.A.P.’, to the world.

Recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by V.O. Pulver, in January 2018, at Little Creek Studio, the site of production of newest releases for Destruction, Pro-Pain and Nervosa. Cover art by Blackdotx and live pics by Plekvetica. Released 20th April 2018.

Intro – ‘Welcome To Hell’ – Thoughtful, carefully constructed intro, very percussion heavy, with a gradual guitar fade in. Soon getting into its stride, the riffs fly fast and free, before alternating their pace, in rhythm with the graduated vocals and throwing in a well-placed ghost train like high-pitched tone, as it fades out on a sinister whisper of ‘welcome to hell’. Good job.

Till We Die – Instant, classically hard-hitting, impacting riffs intro, prior to anthemic vocals, huge catch and a big drum presence. Immediately likeable. Loaded with fun, melodic riffage and a slight Metallica-esque sense, in there too. Strong metallic hymn style vocals, reminding of Taberah, towards the end. Very lovable sound altogether.

Warfare – Perfectly apt intro, of immediate, truly in your face stuff. Quick paced, powerful, consistently catchy cohesion. Lots of riff action and plenty of group action too. Good variation in tempo, at the end.

Drinking Song – Another slice of hard-hitting sounds opens onto a fun, playful mood, setting the scene well. Slightly reminiscent of Municipal Waste, in places. Injecting a few lifelike sounds of modern day life, going on in the background, it’s plain to see the effort that’s gone into this. Especially during the experimental sections of alternating pace, rhythm and tempo, all of which work well. Just don’t listen to that bit of vomiting, closing it, if you’re feeling sick).

Schizophrenia – A brave metallic interpretation of the chaos inside, inflicted by the entitled illness. Lots of apt peaks and troughs of mood, well depicted, instrumentally. Same applies to those rollercoasters displayed in the ever alternating riffs and random, unpredictable light percussion sections. Excellent performance.

Doomsday – A lighter, freer, gentler intro, before giving way to a faster riff fest, seguing into drum rolls and angry, impassioned, shouted vocals. Physically falling, into a scaled descent of notes and then climbing right back up again, in a towering ascent, pouring more melody in, heightening the pace and building it into a truly classic section, it ends on a perfected, decisive hit.

Generation Penetration – Darker and slightly doomier intro, but the cymbal action lightens it. Frantic pace, percussively focused, those beats fit brilliantly. A cleverly active sense resonates throughout, increasing its rhythm, till the strategically placed fadeout, leading into another darker section, yet again, competently managing to lighten the atmosphere, with uplifting riffs. Finally and carefully fading out, like the end of a story or the end result of an action movie, it’s told its own story and it rocks hard.

Overall – An intelligently constructed and artfully designed album, of pure and classic, yet intriguingly original thrash metal, featuring twists, turns and directional changes, keeping it fresh and interesting. For a debut album, it’s incredibly impressive, playing out like the work of a long established band at work. Mind Patrol have already secured a level of accomplishment which speaks volumes. ‘Against All Predictions’ indeed.

10/10 **********

For fans of Metallica, Trivium, Taberah, Testament, Reign Of Fury, Dark Forest and Anthrax.


Released 20th April 2018.

Posted March 22, 2018 by jennytate in Uncategorized

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