Rating:
8.8
Mindflow - Mind Over Body
2006


01. Crossing Enemy's Line
02. Upload Spirit
03. Thousand Miles From You
04. Just Water, You Navigate
05. Chair Designer
06. A Gift To You
07. Hellbitat
08. Follow Your Instinct
09. Hide And Seek


If you wish that Dream Theater never changed their 'Awake' sound, the Brazilian combo known as Mindflow is going to make your day. The five-piece band is making wonders on their second album. And much to my surprise, they are currently offering this album as a free full download, accessible from their MySpace page.

Sometimes flirting with atmospheric rock, Mindflow offers a great blend of Dream Theater meets Pain of Salvation with Pink Floyd passages. Needless to say, this album is a 360-degree trip into music, and will not resonate well with everybody. The opening track alone is a hell of a journey, during which vocalist Danilo Herbert is taking you to a lot of different places. This 12-minute introduction will let you know what Mindflow stands for.

The rest of Mind Over Body is as surprising as the opening track, with no less than four more tracks clocking over 9 minutes. The synchronization of Rodrigo Hidalgo [guitars] and Rafael Pensado [drums] provides fantastic power bursts. At the same time as those two are bringing the power, Ricardo Winandy [bass] is grooving and Miguel Spada [keys] is binding the atmosphere together. The smooth vocals of Danilo Herbert are gliding well in the melting pot.

Overall, Mind Over Body is a very strong release from a band that few of you may know. In my book, those guys should be already famous. They don't have much to envy to the more popular bands in the field. If you like progressive, from Dream Theater to Pain of Salvation, I urge you to download this album. You will thank me later.


Highlights: 'Hide and Seek' and 'Crossing Enemy's Line'

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 9
Production: 6


Band profile: Mindflow
Album: Mind Over Body


 


written by Demonic Tutor | 08.09.2007



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Bararey - 08.09.2007 at 16:34  
I agree this is an excellent album, and the band is simply great. I had the pleasure seeing them perform live a couple of months ago, and they were great! Later I met the entire band and they were really nice and very modest musicians. And both of their albums are available for free download from their website. Seriously more people should check them out.
BloodTears - 12.09.2007 at 12:41  
I'll download it, lets see if I will have to thank you later
Tadashi23 - 10.10.2007 at 06:58  
I agree with this 1st guy... people should download their 2 cds and listen to their great music... I only got to know them cause I'm from Brazil as well, otherwise I could miss this great opportunity. Seriously, if you're reading our reply, you should download theis albums right now. Great band, creativity and skills, that's what their all about.
Tadashi23 - 10.10.2007 at 07:02  
I forgot to say that their 1st album is a concept one, and in my opinion, i like it better
4look4rd - 24.10.2007 at 02:35  
What an amazing band! This I've listened to this album and I just cant stop listening to it, Hide and Seek sounds like a great mixture between Pain of Salvation and Dream Theater.
BloodTears - 04.11.2007 at 12:52  
I do have to thank you. These guys are amazing indeed. At least this album is. I wasnt this excited about a new progressive metal band since Darkwater's debut album. These guys really deserve to be successful judging by this release, which is very heavy at times, i do love "crossing enemy's line". They are strongly influenced by Pain of Salvation especially (but also DT) and that shows and that doesnt mean a thing because they give them a new touch, their touch.

And for those who think Labrie's not talented listen to "follow your instinct".

Overall I'm very pleased that I can still find fresh progressive metal bands. And now on to the 1st album of this band because I'm curious about that too.
4look4rd - 27.02.2008 at 16:42  
Written by BloodTears on 04.11.2007 at 12:52

Overall I'm very pleased that I can still find fresh progressive metal bands. And now on to the 1st album of this band because I'm curious about that too.



First album is actually better than this one (believe it or not) you should definatly check it out =P

Btw I dont think the production is that bad to deserve a 6 O.o

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