Mind Set A Threat – Self Titled EP

Like musical whiplash the self titled EP from Edinburgh band Mind Set A Threat strikes, from the first note a niggle starts and then with full force the sounds slam home and the power of the quintet over powers and consumes. Mind Set A Threat is a metal band with screamo tendencies but there is more to their music then that simple tag, they bring urgency to their sound that gives them a post hardcore edge too and more.

The three song EP shows a progression by the band from their earlier release The Losing Game, bringing a more assured and confident sound whilst still retaining their core energy and feel  that  already has brought them some eager attention. Each track is laden with pulse racing riffs, blood boiling intensity, and outright passion in their energy and for their own music.

The Odyssey’ starts off the release, a powerhouse of a track where vocalist Dave unleashes with a might equal to the imposing heavy attack his growling screams; with venom dripping from his lips he matches the striking rhythms and preying riffs perfectly. Countering and complimenting this angry attack are the excellent and well delivered smooth vocals of Adam Gardner; his voice and the skilful melodic play he brings with fellow guitarist Pabz make a great contrast and addition within the aggression, creating a track that is rounded and full.

The second track and their new video is ‘Stories’ and the best song on the EP. Though the trio of tracks hold a consistency of quality that is impressive it just edges the others in creativity. Again the blend of clean and harsh vocals is a good mix, neither over powering nor detracting from the other in power or presence.  The track has an Alexisonfire feel which with the bands open love of said band is no real surprise, but Mind Set A Threat use it as a mere influence rather than a template and create a song that is vibrant and stirring.

Final track is ‘All The Hour That God Sends’ and it brings a darker wave of intensity, the bass and drums of M.C. and Gary A respectively scarring with their attack. It also shows the stronger melodic side to the band and their ability to combine both elements with perfect balance into songs that are impressive and rewarding to the listener

The song rounds off a very satisfying EP that not only shows a band in control and creative at this moment in time but suggests great promise for major things in the years ahead if not sooner for   Mind Set A Threat.

Their self titled EP is available for free at http://www.mindsetathreat.bandcamp.com ; go treat yourself it could be your best decision all year.

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The Body Electric – Positive Charge EP

The Body Electric are the latest band showing that DIY is the way forward for nearly all bands in regard to their music and releases whether they like it or not, though artists do not have much choice in many ways with the decline of labels and their diminishing interest in signing real music with the intention of making it a long term project. What these rock punks from Pennsylvania do though is embrace the fact and put all their energy into their music and band rather than hang onto the old dream of being signed. An energy that has resulted in a fine release in the Positive Charge EP, a six track gem that ripples with fine riffs, melodies, and the beginnings of a major breakout into the world’s musical awareness if justice is served.

The songs that The Body Electric has filled Positive Charge with range from punk rock through to rock with a few other spices thrown into the mix, at any point you might hear a sound that seems inspired from Bad Religion and Green Day or in other parts just as easily a little A.F.I. or Foo Fighters flavouring comes through. The best thing about the release though is that the sound is all The Body Electric as they use their influences as decoration and not as the core to their creativity.  

Flag Of The Dead’ opens up the EP with a Rise Against/Alkaline Trio like tint to it. Forceful and direct it is a strong opener in sound and lyrical purpose. ‘Man Without A Soul’ takes over again with a pleasing solid attack, the guitar riffs drawing the listener in as the vocal harmonies expand the driving sound neatly. It is very much in the same mould as the opener and equally as satisfying.

The release turns to a more pop punk sound on ‘Broadcast Fiction’ bringing the hook insistent flavouring of a Green Day or Bad Religion as mentioned before. The slower paced ‘Love Is What’s Taken’ carries on the same feel with the added joy of some good rock guitar moments and great keyboard sounds. It is possibly the weakest track on Positive Charge but only in relation to the other tracks and is better than most pop punk songs currently appearing elsewhere.

The final two tracks on the EP are the best. Firstly ‘Reason You Leave’ is a glorious emotive punk tune, full of driving guitars and feeling it is simply a classic that refuses to be ignored and nor should it be. The closing song ‘Back From The Dead’, as with the first of these two tracks starts with a slow vocal intro before exploding into a full out punk anthem. Multiple vocals all flowing perfectly alongside each other over an insistent rhythm wrapped in great hooks and melodies forms a song that has one singing along in seconds, the track is an essential listen for all punk fans.

Positive Charge is a great release and shows a band on a definite rise. It may not break new boundaries but it certainly suggests that could be on the near horizon with future releases from The Body Electric. If you want good honest and most of all enjoyable punk rock than this is your first port of call. The fact that Positive Charge is available for free as a download makes the experience even sweeter, go treat yourselves.

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