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Myndsnare – Condition: Human (Reissue)

Condition: Human (Reissue)
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 15 December 2021, 5:14 AM

From their Bandcamp page, MYNDSNARE is a three-piece Technical Thrash metal band from Bangalore, well known for their highly energetic live performances during the early 2000s. Gathering influences from DEATH, CYNIC, SADUS, and SLAYER, the band writes ferocious music combined with twisted time signatures, all finished and rendered in an organic way.” Their newest album her contains nine tracks.

“Changing Skins” leads off the album. It begins with heavy accents and some scratchy, throaty vocals. The guys have a good deal of energy here for a trio, and their musicianship shines in the instrumental passage. “Use the Pain” has some unique features. I don’t believe I have ever heard a Thrash band flirt with melody and other Progressive elements. They are burning the candle from both ends but so far it works…as long as you can keep up with the changes. “Altar Ego” begins with a slow, methodical sound along with some audible bass notes. From there, they feature some controlled chaos. When they let loose, you feel the train coming off the tracks, but somehow they find their way back.

The title track pushes their musicianship a little further. You can really hear the Progressive elements in this song, mostly on how well they master the meter. “Temporal Movements” begins with some thick and meaty bass notes and more cymbal crashes than you can count. The shifting here is quite impressive, as it the way they work in melody. KP works in a nice guitar solo as well. “Layers of Hypocrisy” begins with a slow moving riff and some cautious tones that are soon thrown out the window. Don’t try to count the time signatures used here because there are many and they move in an out of them quickly and with precision.

“Visionary Realism” is a shorter song with plenty of balls. The opening sound is heavy and punishing, and the riffs alternate between that and some more dancing movements. “Within A Mind: Mis-shapen” begins with a heavier sound, and some immediate meter shifting. I can see why the band was noticed for their energy, because you can hear it in this track for sure. The bass work in this song is strong as well. “Mirror of Nothingness” closes the album. Like other tracks, it features the band’s unique sense of shifting to keep the listener on their toes. The amount of aggressiveness in the song is tempered only by the melody they use here and there.

This was at the very least a unique album that crosses a few different Metal genres together. If you stop and study what they have created here, taking into account their strong musicianship, you will be impressed. But taken as a whole offering, I do have to question who they have in mind for their audience…Thrash fans, Prog fans, both? I ask because the two genres are about as opposite as you can have in Metal music…and fans of either genre usually do not appreciate one another. If you can cast genre labels aside however, I think fans of either genre will like what they have done here, and considering this is re-issue of their debut album, they can only get stronger from here.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Changing Skins
2. Use The Pain
3. Altar Ego
4. Conditioned: Human
5. Temporal Movements
6. Layers of Hypocrisy
7. Visionary Realism
8. Within A Mind: Mis-shapen
9. Mirror of Nothingness
KP Krishnamoorthy – Guitars & Vocals
Yasmin Claire Kazi – Drums
Sandesh Nagaraj – Bass
Record Label: Subcontinental Records


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Edited 28 March 2023

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