|Review: Mindwork - Eterea|
Label: Shindy Productions
Year released: 2012
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: January 12, 2013
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Now this is a pretty interesting release. Mindwork are a Czech progressive metal act (as if you couldn't already tell by the name) who channel their sound from a particularly cool set of influences. I can hear shades of acts from the likes of Zero Hour to Sieges Even as well as spots of Atheist and even some slight post-metal nuances.
There's a lot I like about Mindwork, from the unmistakably prog album cover to some of the fantastic music ideas that are featured across Eterea's forty five minute run-time. However there is a barrier created via the vocals that does hurt my enjoyment. This mainly occurs via the aggressive vocals which are similar to those from Kelly from Atheist although a lot weaker. This is unfortunate as the clean vocals are quite enjoyable, passionate and not too far away from the likes of Riverside.
Musically though, these guys are ace. From a wonderfully dynamic drum performance, to tasteful, yet technically accomplished bass guitars all the way up to the excellent electric and clean guitars. A wide array of spiraling, technical riffs, luscious clean guitars and some cracking jazz style solos are contained throughout. The guys clearly have the chops, but they are never too overbearing, nor run off into prolonged wankery which helps keep this album concise.
Despite a few problems with the vocals Eterea is for the most part a quality release. Whilst appeal won't spill much further out of the progressive circles I can imagine fans of the style will be in for a treat, certainly an album that rewards careful listening. Definitely a band I'll be keeping my eye on. Recommended!
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