Mind Eraser
Cave


4.5
superb

Review

by MalleusMaleficarum USER (4 Reviews)
October 31st, 2012 | 71 replies | 2,324 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: fantastically desolate

7 of 9 thought this review was well written

Mind Eraser is a hardcore punk band from Boston. Boston is a city known for being rich in hardcore music history and producing some rather fine bands such as Orchid, Converge, Have Heart, Blood for Blood and In My Eyes. There's at least 50 different venues in Boston that still host or have hosted hardcore punk shows. Boston doesn't *** around. You might be able to see where I'm going with this. Mind Eraser doesn't *** around either.

The production this album is suitably cavernous without being exceedingly lo-fi. The guitar sounds dense and reverberates with each pulsating rhythm these guys crunch out. The bass is extremely audible and deliciously throaty, providing a perfect back-bone to the bleak-as-all-hell soundscape. The drums are very punchy and crisp as they fight to be heard over the blaring guitar. Mind Eraser likes to frequently and abruptly change between their fast and assaulting sections (complete with stabbing guitar lines and frantic drum patterns) which then dive into slow, sludgy groove sections, creating a very powerviolence-esque sound. The band effortlessly and naturally achieve an absurd level of heavy on tracks like 'Finished' and 'Psychotic'. Then there's the driving punk rhythms such as the one at the mid-way point of 'Internal Dialogue'. The sound stays consistently intense throughout the 20 minute runtime and honestly, to me, this is perfect hardcore production. Not too clean, not too cloudy.

I guess you could say the vocals are standard fare for this type of music. Everything is delivered at just the right times, though, and I enjoy his cadence very much. There are frequent breaks where the music is given room to breathe and play out its rhythms, so the vocals definitely aren't in your ear constantly. Even when the vocalist is screaming his loudest, it doesn't come across as over-bearing because the guitar is mixed in at an equal level.

Cave is one of my favorite hardcore records of the last decade. There are no sprawling 7 minute songs, no, and there is not a lot of experimentation here, true. However, Mind Eraser brings the pain. Cave sounds fantastically desolate while maintaining a punk aesthetic, there isn't a sliver of filler to be found, and each band member stays consistently pissed for the duration while getting equal opportunity to shine.


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MalleusMaleficarum
October 31st 2012



13700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the rating on the review came up as a 4.5, my ratings has this as a 4.0, so my rating for this is officially 4.25

HitlerIsTheBest
October 31st 2012



1585 Comments


nice review. fuckin love mind eraser.

MalleusMaleficarum
October 31st 2012



13700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

troll neg'd hard

but yeah dude, this band rapes

Adabelle
October 31st 2012



4216 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Have a pos malleusssssssssssssssssss

MalleusMaleficarum
October 31st 2012



13700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey thanks !

chambered49
October 31st 2012



1727 Comments


need this

MalleusMaleficarum
October 31st 2012



13700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed sir

HitlerIsTheBest
October 31st 2012



1585 Comments


shit, this is the only album that has a review. someone needs to review their other ones.

MalleusMaleficarum
October 31st 2012



13700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i know, i was like wtf?

shrek
October 31st 2012



125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shit hell yeah this album is awesome. I pretty much deleted most of my hardcore library a while ago
but I kept all Mind Head albums cause they rule

MalleusMaleficarum
October 31st 2012



13700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mind Head albums?



LOL

shrek
October 31st 2012



125 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuck i was thinking eraser head and mind eraser at the same time and typed that

MalleusMaleficarum
October 31st 2012



13700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thats awesome

alachlahol
October 31st 2012



7471 Comments


mind eraser wouldnt want a death grips fanboy listening to their music i suggest you have this review deleted sooner rather than later

JackSparrow
October 31st 2012



1686 Comments


Fucking awesome

StarlessAnd
October 31st 2012



443 Comments


glacial reign is better, still gd tho

also yea what alach said

MalleusMaleficarum
October 31st 2012



13700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

" death grips fanboy "

get over yourself fags who dont understand death grips

MalleusMaleficarum
October 31st 2012



13700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Fucking awesome"

youve heard this man?

Adabelle
October 31st 2012



4216 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I prefer their demo

MalleusMaleficarum
October 31st 2012



13700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

im all about Cave bro



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