Portuguese six-piece power metal monsters Mindfeeder, have been toying around in the music world since 2002, releasing a demo, an EP, then finally a full length album in 2013, “Endless Storm“. Relatively unknown in the power metal world, their debut album is quite possibly one of the hardest hitting, perfectly produced, and amazingly written debut albums I’ve ever had the chance to get my hands on. It’s taken eleven years, but the wait is well worth it, and a word to the wise power metal fan, you need to own this album.
“Endless Storm” starts out with a dial tone, rightfully kicking off the opening track “The Call”. A rather silly entrance to such a heavy track, don’t let it catch you off guard. That guitar slams you down, while the keys lift the music up into the wonderful melodic world of power metal. Topped with traditional but heavy drum and bass work, this sound is worthy of a well-seasoned band. The anthem like opener is perfected with the solid vocal presence of Leo Silva, drawing any listener in immediately with a perfect balance of roughness and melody.
While the opening track is the most epic moment on the album, songs like “Endless Storm” and “1628” really drive that hard-hitting heavy metal home. Although very rare in the metal world, the bass presence is just as prominent as the keys, and not to be forgotten, the vocal layering and choir arrangements couldn’t sound any more ethereal if they tried. “Memories” is a near 10-minute long track that covers all the bases of great metal. It’s a true roller coaster of highs and lows, heavy distortion and super clean tone, and although on the long side of things it never once gets boring or feels repetitive.
Running along the lines of melodic power and power/thrash, Mindfeeder instantly reminded me of iconic heavy metal band Iron Fire, and rightfully so as it was mixed and mastered by Piet Sielck (Iron Savior, Gamma Ray) at Powerhouse Studios in Hamburg. Sielck also adds guitars and vocals on certain tracks. Providing an accomplished blend of the harmonies and melodies of power metal and the harsh thrash-like heavy metal style, Mindfeeder is a great band for any fan of the respective genres. It’s a near perfect recipe of hard-hitting string work, melodic keyboard presence, and slaughtering drums. From epic power metal tracks to more raw, in your face heavy metal, you can’t go wrong.
Heavy metal fans…brace yourselves, and feed your minds.
Leonel Silva: Vocals
Nuno Carranca: Lead Guitars
Nuno “Piri” Serrador: Guitars
Ricardo Martins: Keyboards
Henrique Sobral: Drums
Sergio Themudo: Bass