Friday, July 28, 2017

LP Review: "Lucifer's Dream" by Mindkult

Lucifer's Dream
In my formative years, those outside of the metal circle would often times talk of how it was only screaming.

At the time, there was very little screaming in mainstream metal. Of course unbeknownst to the most of us, thrash, death, and other extreme forms of metal were congealing into scenes that would grow what they are today.

But that's not where this all started. Metal began, in earnest, with Black Sabbath, as we all know. There was no screaming involved.

There was a broken guitar, a treble booster (read: Overdrive) pedal, and an amplifier pushed to well past its limits. There was also of course, Geezer Butler.

In this mix, there wasn't a single scream. The guitars were tuned down on later albums to match the range of Ozzy Osbourne. Metal wasn't even angry at this point. It was scary, but not angry.

In the years and decades to come, things changed. Over time, Metal became angrier, scarier, and then in walked a group of musicians who felt that metal had strayed from the path.

Doom/Stoner Metal was born out of the ashes.

Now, Mindkult is about to unleash upon us, the sleepiest metal album to reach my personal set of ears.

Their sound is doom, shoegaze, post punk, and possibly post metal. Imagine that you're in that half asleep, half dreaming state that Kermit the Frog sings about in Rainbow Connection and there's where this music lies.

In some ways, it's insidious. There's nothing here to clobber the non-believers. Heretics aren't being sought out.

They're just delivering their message slowly. Over the course of six meandering tracks, Mindkult will slowly covert you. Apparently, you can bring more followers to Satan's flock with honey rather than vinegar.

It is fuzzy without being pushed to the limit. Tracks are slow and long without being really progressive. There's a message in, and it kind of takes some time to get it.

Lucifer's Dream is never riffy, angry, or extreme. This album is everything metal isn't in 2017.

That's why it needs to be heard far and wide.

Release: 9/20/17
Genre: Doomgaze
Label: Transcending Obscurity Records
Formats: LP/Cassette/CD/Digital

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