Mindrot - _Dawning_
(Relapse/Nuclear Blast, 1995)
by: Adrian Bromley (
Bassist Matt Fisher said that with _Dawning_ (their debut album), the band was trying to show that "there is more to metal music than blood, guts and Beavis And Butthead." True are his words. With their emotionally packed album _Dawning_, Mindrot draws the listener into a state of mind that is stunned, neutralized, and forced to deal with pressures provided by pain, love, hatred, and fear. This is a powerful onslaught of emotionally charged material that delivers pure riveting doses of musical mayhem. From the opening title track to "Across Vast Oceans", _Dawning_ is solid music. The band manages to develop a rapport with the listener, allowing them to judge how the music is to be taken in, but given only limited ways of doing so. As if they have you cornered with only two possible ways out, that too is the way songs like "Burden", "Forlorn", and "Anguish" are to be dealt with. Will you see these musical offerings in their eyes or your own? It's up to you. Loud, abrasive, and cruel at times, _Dawning_ is atmospheric poetry, music for the thinker and the believer. _Dawning_ is purity that displays itself as an uncertain lump of emotions to be sorted out.
(article published 11/8/1995)
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