Mind Assault: Social Engineering

Posted 2005-11-07 @ 14:33:21 In articles > reviews

Until now I have only ever seen Mind Assault as a live band, never been able to compare their gigs to studio work, and have never been disappointed...

So I approached this disk with great anticipation, expecting to be taken back to that first night the boys blew me away with Jacques manly growl and Francois fast fingered leads. Unfortunately the boys did not quite have the same impact on me this time. The music is tight and controlled, but lacks the intensity of their stage performance. I guess having a live audience to feed off makes a big difference to your sound. I don’t know whether to blame this on sound engineering or the band themselves, and, I am sure, budget makes a difference.

I would say the more one listens to this EP the more you appreciate it. I find influences from bands like Obituary, Machine Head, Sepultura and early Metallica. Jacques vocals lack the confidence he has on stage and Donovan’s vocals have a strangely appealing effect on the music, but they aren’t particularly good. There are places, particularly in Magteloos, where elements of new metal can be heard. My favorite songs on this EP are Magteloos, Jy is die een and This is the end.

Finally, for Mind Assault, this does not show what they are truly capable of. There is a lot more potential there. But in comparison to what’s available locally, it’s far above average.

It’s definitely crept up my play list. 3 ½ out of 5

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