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Review: Essence Of Mind – ‘Indifference’
Norway’s Essence Of Mind’s latest offering continues their now established evolutionary mind set. Their blend of electro-rock and ebm is already both a live and dance floor pleaser, but when endowed with the poignant emotional content that ‘Indifference’ possesses it transcends their somewhat mechanical early material for something a lot more organic.
This really serves the band well throughout the album as the vocals carry a lot more weight, especially when the sing-a-long choruses hit, instead of simply relying on the beats and synths for all the energy. In terms of sound the band flutters between well established alternative bands like Apotygma Berzerk and Zeromancer as well as more mainstream acts like The Prodigy and Pendulum giving the band some potential crossover appeal if the stars were to align for them.
There are plenty of potential hits to choose from here that will play well both in a live setting as well as in most clubs. Tracks like ‘It’s Killing You’, ‘Scars’, ‘Retreat’ and ‘In Line’ really exemplify what the band are capable of producing now and should serve as a solid blueprint in the future. Where the album falls down is really only in the guitar sound which sometimes sounds a little lost in the mix when it could be louder and nastier when the songs call for it.
As a band it is evident that Essence Of Mind are well on their way to achieving widespread notoriety with an enviable genre-transcending sonic formula in their pocket. What remains to be seen is how hard they push to capitalise on such a solid offering.