Mindpatrol - Ikaria

12 songs
63:44 minutes
***** ***


Extreme progressive metal band Mindpatrol from Luxembourg has had some bad years recently. Shorty after the release of their third album Vulture City (2017), three musicians left the band so that only founding member and vocalist Luc François and guitarist Yann Weidig remained. They didn’t give up, recruited new members and are now back with their fourth Ikaria, which has been released parallelly to the novel Ikaria by Luc François. Followers of the band meanwhile should know that every album has its twin novel penned by François, and in the case of Ikaria, both deal about a futuristic city called Ikaria.

Most tracks on the album have a concise length between three and five minutes, but that doesn’t mean that the songs are simple. Mindpatrol are still as complex as they used to be, with Devin Townsend and Meshuggah being inspirations. You really could have worse idols. The songs are brimming with powerful riffs, with an undeniable djent affinity, and the aggressive vocals deliver their brutal sermons. Occasional clean vocal parts help to underline to progressive nature of the music. Especially the first single Stainless White is playing with those contrasts, but also the following What The Birds Don’t Know is one of the album’s highlights due to its unpredictability.

The album’s middle part is maybe a little less strong. The acoustic instrumental Ikaria is at three minutes overstaying its welcome, and Unsung Healing Song doesn’t really get to the point. The last third of the album is saving the day with the second single Terminus and my favourite track Guilt that comes with a piano part. The album concludes with the twelve minute long After I Called The Flame, another great piece that nicely sums up what Mindpatrol is about.

Ikaria is a modern progressive metal album that despite a little weakness in its middle part can convince quite well. The progressive nature of the music allows the listener to always discover new details, which should delight the band’s target audiences, but other people should also check it out to discover what currently happens in the extreme progressive metal universe.

Back to Reviews