Mindwild - _Mindwild Spirit_
(Independent, 2002)
by: Quentin Kalis (6.5 out of 10)
The first five songs on this album are a fusion of thrash metal and hardcore, much like a thrashier S.O.D.. The vocals tend to be sung in a hardcore style, occasionally becoming a bit too monotonous. The fusion of styles is a successful one, though it does seem somewhat listless. The energy jumps up several rungs on the sixth and final track, which features a considerably poorer and more primitive production and was in all likelihood lifted off an earlier demo. Although it does break up the flow of the album somewhat, it is easily the best song on this CD. The rawness of the production suggests that Mindwild started life as an in-your-face hardcore band, before evolving into their current incarnation as a hardcore/thrash crossover band. Several other songs, which sound as if they were recorded at the same time, are incorporated as hidden tracks. While I'm not overly impressed with the majority of the contents of _Mindwild Spirit_, they have demonstrated that Mindwild do have the potential to go further.

(article published 29/5/2003)


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