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Mindfield Be-low

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01. Made For Measure 02. Destination 666 03. Desperate (Death Parade) 04. Mucher No Illores 05. Dead End Love 06. Gallery in Black 07. Below 08. A Silent Moment 09. The Sobering 10. They Speak 11. If You Wish… 12. Night’s End (Gallery #2)
2003 Lifeforce Records
Our score 7

by Graham Landers
9/9/2003

First things first, Nevermore is everything that is wrong with a traditional melodic metal band playing power metal music (ala Evergrey.) The vocals are neither done right, nor the least bit passionate. This fact, more than any other, leaves the listener wondering if the singer gives a shit about the song at all, let alone the fan that has just dropped $14 on a record. You might be wondering why the slam on Nevermore Well, Mindfield are exactly what Nevermore have been trying to create for years now and failing evermore with each album. Mindfield is exactly that, a battlefield of random explosiveness that generates a warlike atmosphere throughout the barrage of chaos on "Be-low." Twelve landmines that are as equally as destructive as the next. Although the song “Destination 666” is about as cheesy as the new Iron Maiden cover art is to look at, when bypassed, you have a near flawless album through and through. The atmosphere is what really nails the overall sound down for Mindfield. Think of Nevermore-style music with Amorphis atmospheres judiciously incorporated into each song by use of subtle keyboards. All vocals are sung and no trace of screams will be heard here delivered by Danny Kabus, who is the keyboardist as well. It should be interesting seeing the lead singer behind the keys. I haven’t seen that since the days of Rain Fell Within. Vocally, you should think of Amorphis crossed with Into Eternity (singing). Strong choruses, such as the album’s premier tracks “Made For Measure” and “Dead End Love” suck you in just where they want you. You can easily pick up on the melancholy vibe on "Be-low," especially on “Gallery In Black” with the piano intro giving way to mid-paced gothic worship that could easily be dubbed an 80’s metal ballad. The heaviest moment comes within the title track “Below.” The main riff is a cross between Into Eternity tempo and Meshuggah crunch, which creates a slam that’s simply brutal. Meanwhile, "The Sobering" is much like the debut by Anders Friden (In Flames) new side-project band Passenger. It’s about as clean as Mindfield gets. Bottom line: Quite honestly, if you like a wide variety of metal and you love clean singing as much as I do, you should pretty much eat this record up. I think any gothic fan with kill for this, and most melodic metal fans will be pleased as well. Track Listing: 01. Made For Measure 02. Destination 666 03. Desperate (Death Parade) 04. Mucher No Illores 05. Dead End Love 06. Gallery in Black 07. Below 08. A Silent Moment 09. The Sobering 10. They Speak 11. If You Wish… 12. Night’s End (Gallery #2)

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