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WITH BARE HANDS

Mindflow

 

Progressive Metal

2.58 | 11 ratings

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memowakeman
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2 stars This is a brazilian quartet that focus on creating progressive metal, I don't really know about metal genres but here I find a blend of melodic with some kind of thrash metal or even hardcore in some moments, actually sometimes I have that conflict because I cannot separate those genres, and sometimes is pretty difficult to me to find the progressive rock element in some of these bands, but well, that does not matter, what bring us here is the music.

"With Bare Hands" is the title of the fifth studio album of Mindflow, an album that features fourteen songs and a total time of 66 minutes. In some moments they use electronic elements that spice the music, however I really miss a true use of keyboards in this album, I believe that would have really helped and given to the music a much more interesting sound. With the opener track "Break me out" they give us a nice introduction, with great guitars and cool drums. However, the moment is lost when we listen to songs such as "Breakthrough" which has that kind of mainstream metal sound that kids would love, nothing new to add, nothing interesting in this particular track.

Though there are some nice melodic moments, we can often listen to a powerful sound, with emotional and in moments angry vocals, which are not bad at all. The drums work is pretty cool all over the album, Rafael Pensado is an excellent drummer. Well, all of them are great musicians honestly, though they don't really explore deeper territories, I mean, the songs are not that complex and do not have so much changes, so sometimes I feel them plain and with something to be desired.

The songs' length goes from 4 to 6 minutes average, and to my ears there are not tracks that stand apart, all of them are just nice average songs that complete the album. Some pieces I would highlight are "Under an Alias", "Lethal" and "Destructive Device", there are nice bass lines in some of them, constant guitars and nice but not outstanding guitar work, along with a brief death voice.

Honestly I don't really have anything to add, I did not actually like the album as a whole, I enjoyed a couple of tracks and that's it. I don't believe this is an innovative album or something that cannot be missed, not even by those who do like metal. The musicians are good, but I believe they have not really exploded their compositional skills, they surely have more interesting things to offer. I am sorry if I am being mean, but I am not satisfied with this. My final grade will be two stars. However?

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 2/5 |

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