"Mind Cycle" (Sonic Wave International; 2002)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Unfortunately, this review is going to be short - I simply couldn't get into Mind Cycle's self-titled debut at all.

Mind Cycle are part of the new breed of agro-rock that isn't afraid to delve back into the past to spruce up their sound rather than sound like a total copycat of most modern agro-rock or nu-metal bands.

Many of the tracks sound like they're a heavier version of Alice In Chains including the channeling of the spirit of the dearly departed Layne Staley. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. Other tracks have a Stuck Mojo influence to them. And the weird thing is that I like both Alice In Chains and Stuck Mojo to one degree or another depending on the album and my mood, but the combination just doesn't do anything for me under the guise of Mind Cycle.

I admire Mind Cycle's spunk and determination, but generally the album seemed lackluster to me. However, Mind Cycle should keep doing what they're doing. I honestly believe that there is an audience for the brand of modern hard rock that Mind Cycle is creating - I just know I'm not part of it.

The production on the self-titled debut is average at best, but not so bad that you can't hear what the band is trying to achieve.

For more information visit http://www.mindcycle.net

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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