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Review: Mindwarp - A Cold Black Day
A Cold Black Day

Label: Great Dane Records
Year released: 2016
Duration: 38:51
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: August 27, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
A Cold Black Day

Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)

French Death Metal act Mindwarp was founded back in 1998 and released one full-length album (Mirror of Feelings) in 1999 before calling it quits in 2004. In 2007, the band was reformed again and they relocated to Geneva, Switzerland, in 2015. A new start for Mindwarp has begun...

A Cold Black Day is the band's follow-up album, showcasing the band's abilities to make some entertaining modern and relatively technical Death Metal. The album certainly has its moments, while at the same time it tends to drop into this box of being a bit too tedious and even boring at times. However, Mindwarp manages to conjure up some really catchy and working stuff, especially when they adopt this more melodic Swedish-tinged Death Metal sound, relying on the combination of nice melodies and heavy and sharp riffing that, for example, Amon Amarth has always employed well in their songs. Also, at times they take a similar approach to their stuff that Death took in their later era, i.e. going pretty progressive, just like they do in "Anxiety" (right after the 3:36 minute mark).

So, to wrap this review up in some sort of graceless nutshell, there's a lot of potential in Mindwarp to make things happen for them, but still some work needs to be done in order to get some rough edges cut away from their stuff while at the same time trying to find a bit more coherent musical approach to their songs.

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