REVIEW: Mindgrinder - Riot Detonator
Nocturnal Art Productions, 2005
Fast death metal with slight resemblances to thrashy blokes as The Haunted and more classic American established deathsters like sempiternally present Morbid Angel, that´s what Mindgrinder are about. Professionally played, endowed with a good production and ideas, the whole lacks of originality to a certain extent, being that circumstance no obstacle to taste and enjoy this collection of songs if you´re not searching for the eighth wonder in the world. Guitars are sharpened and clean, with a clear thrash-like approach every now and then, and drums attend with no remorse the call of duty; the exhibition of double bass drums is irreproachable. Voice is halfway between the throat and the mouth, aggressive everytime. Norway wants to take part in the death metal party. Their bands still can´t compete with guarantees in the same ring than most known acts ruling the scene nowadays, but the path has just recently started with a regular basis and solid ground and hopefully more and more new death bands will pop up in the homeland of Nocturno Culto in the next years. “Riot Detonator” won´t make any jaw fall on the floor, but surely will provide death metal fans with a good dose of groovy lines and powerful rhythms and riffs. Well structured and measured, the album is not long at all, though in the second half it may result a bit dull and monotonous after a while. Some riffs and guitar leads become more or less fillers in subsequent listenings. After all, a good death metal album. A last thing, the CD comes with two video clips added.