MINDWARS - Do Unto Others

Mindwars - Do Unto Others

11 songs
49:37 minutes
***** ***


Since their inception in 2013, Mindwars have maintained the same line-up. The rhythm section consists of Italian musicians Danny Pizzy on bass and Roby Vitari on drums. Guitars and vocals are handled by Mike Alvord who back in the Eighties used to be a member of legendary thrash pioneers Holy Terror. That band released two critically acclaimed albums but never quite achieved the success they deserved. As Mike Alvord didn’t want to deny his roots, he decided to name his new band after Holy Terror’s last album. He first met drummer Roby Vitari in the Eighties when Roby’s band Headcrasher was the opening band for Holy Terror during their Mind Wars tour. As both musicians had ancestors in Calabria, they maintained contact over the years.

Do Unto Others is already Mindwars’ third album, and a logicial successor to its predecessor Sworn To Secrecy. As Mindwars has always felt like a continuation of Holy Terror, it’s obvious that you shouldn’t expect any major innovation. The music is as expected a wild and fast paced mix of speed and thrash metal. Mike Alvord’s barking, hectic vocals remind at times of Keith Deen, although the 2012 deceased Holy Terror vocalist remains unmatched. Alvord also inserts a lot of guitar solos into his songs, something rather unusual in these current times, although back in the Eighties a good metal song couldn’t exist with at least one lengthy solo part.

As the musicians are already in their mid-Fifties, they can’t deliver these non-stop speed attacks the way they used to thirty years ago, so that you will find some mid-tempo parts, as on Conspiracy or on the crawling In God’s Name. And yet even those tracks all contain fast moments. Allegiance To Death reminded me of Overkill, and the raw and groovy Kill Or Be Killed even had some punk elements.

Nostalgic metal fans will be delighted by Do Unto Others. Especially those who lived through Holy Terror’s music back when it was recorded will appreciate it even more. Many people in my age bracket prefer spending their time on oldie parties, while I still love listening to vintage metal. If Keith Deen were still alive, he might raise his hat to his former colleague’s new band.

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