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H.C. Minds : Superficial Worlds

Both of the members of H.C. Minds also play in the renowned stoner/doom band YOB. 'Superficial Worlds' was released a year before the first YOB demo. The later stuff from both bands have a very similar sound. Sort of like two aspects of one band. This CD, however, is nothing like anything they have ever produced. There is not even a slightest hint of stoner influence in it.

The music on the CD has a lot of heaviness attached to it, but there is very few moments that can be considered as doom metal. It sounds more like a doomy version of Nine Inch Nails. The rhythm varies between being rock and core mostly. Sometimes it can be called metal, but not often. Perhaps it is best described as a mix of alternative rock, some electronica and metalcore? The vocals are clean, but raspy and far from sober. The lyrics also seem more trivial than the philosophy influenced lysrics of YOB, though they have a strong psychedelic touch.

I guess the only real link between this album and what was to come is the fact that the music is laid-back. Hence it sometimes gets a slightly similar aura to the later stuff. But let's face it, when it comes to the musical quality, it's nowhere near the albums that followed.

Evidently fans of the other band (i.e. YOB) will have a hard time adjusting to this album. In fact, I suspect many wouldn't like it at all. This isn't a CD that I'd say anyone would need to have in their collection. It's not awful music, but it's nothing special either.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Without Balance
2. Superhero
3. Superficial Worlds
4. Beutiful Bird
5. Just a Dream
6. Witchypoo
7. High Plane Hell
8. Realignment
9. No Son of Mine
10. U R Corageous

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes.

Visit the H.C. Minds bandpage.

Reviewed on 11-08-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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