Recently signed to Nightmare Records for a North American push and distribution is Mindflow's fourth album With Bare Hands. Mindflow hails from Brazil, but don't expect the thrash/death/groove metal of Sepultura or the progressive/power of Angra. Rather, Mindflow takes on more modern hard rock tendencies, sometimes nearing metal or invoking hardcore.
Breakout Me Out, the first single, and Reset the Future are equivalent to modern melodic hard rock you can hear across America. Alternatively, Corrupted shows a metal edge, and Under Alias adds the hardcore edge. The latter is, again, indicative of contemporary trends in the industry, which also means that Mindflow should find a receptive audience in America. If, of course, they can rise above the huge, nearly homogeneous, crowd of their peers.
One thing that might make a difference against their competition is the subtle progressive nuances carefully embedded in many songs, like Shuffle Up and Deal and Lethal. Another positive note is how Mindflow can offer some attractive accessibility with songs that deliver strong melody and big hooks like The Ride and the magnificent Breakthrough.
Yet even with their impressive talent and song composition, Mindflow still sounds like a band in search of itself and its sound. There's a lot going on here: it's varied and often intriguing, even if it's not necessarily congruent. Still, MIndflow's With Bare Hands is not the same modern hard rock fodder being pushed upon us in this day. It's definitely worth checking out if you dig contemporary scene.
Even with their impressive talent and song composition, Mindflow still sounds like a band in search of itself and its sound. But, With Bare Hands is not the same modern hard rock fodder being pushed upon us in this day.