Mindfeeder - Endless Storm

Mindfeeder Endless Storm
Endless Storm
Independent Release
Mindfeeder is a band that’s hailing from Portugal. Even though they were formed back in 2003, they only released a demo, “Rise from the Ashes”, in 2004 and an EP, “Mind Revolution”, in 2006 till today, of course, when the time to release their debut album finally came.
The guys are following the European power metal path with fast double bass drumming, speedy solos, multi-layered vocals and stuff like that. They have also added various heavy metal & melodic metal elements to their music and that’s what makes it quite pleasing. Certainly, a Euro power metal fan will find here lots of things to be pleased but thankfully there’s more than that. Acts like: Masterplan, Helloween, Gamma Ray, Iron Savior, Stratovarius, Primal Fear, Edguy and so forth will cross you mind as you listen to the album. The band has wisely chosen to cooperate with Piet Sielck of Iron Savior. After all, if I’m not wrong “Mindfeeder” is an Iron savior tune… isn’t it so?! Piet mixed and mastered the album at Iron Savior at Powerhouse studios in Hamburg. He also co-produced it along with the band. The production couldn’t have been less than excellent and heavy. Piet knows exactly how to deliver the specific sound that a power metal band must have.
The above 9 and a half minutes song “Memories (Suite in IV parts)” showcases a “progy” side of the band. All the parts of the exact song are very well bound together. At this point, I have to say that besides Piet’s participation, both on vocals & lead guitars, the Portugueses Hugo Soares (Artworx, Ethereal), Artur Almeida (Attick Demons) and Célia Ramos are contributing to the album. Mindfeeder’s first work is rather pleasant although it didn’t utterly avoid the power metal clichés of the genre. Probably, if they choose to reduce the “classic” power metal features and let their melodic metal side take over, then they can enhance things in the future to come. Don’t take this the wrong way but I do think that the Euro power metal is way too overcrowded in our time…