Forming in 2011 Mind Over Master is a trio consisting of Wiott H. O'Henning (guitar/vocals), Matt DeSanti (bass/vocals) and Brian Harris (drums). The band claims their new three-song EP Disbelief System is the end result of three lifetimes of influences - rock metal and punk - borrowing from each, yet not sticking to any one in particular. To sum it up nicely these guys play sludge metal. They have more in common with The Melvins, Acid Bath and Iron Monkey than anything else.
The first song, called “Krampusnact.” is an energetic fusion of distorted electric guitar, pounding drums and bass. There is a classic sludge metal quality to the singer’s voice, which combines the right amount of aggression, anger and apathy. Don’t miss the bitching guitar solo either.
The second song is called “The Grackles Know Your Name/The Closer,” which adheres to power chords and also tips their hat to punk. A little after the three-minute mark the band changes it up to more of a punk aesthetic, which brings some variety to the song. They close with “The Crowning,” which is their most accomplished song out of the three. All I can say is Spinal Tap.
There isn't enough material to delve into much more. You have heard this type of music before and should know within the first minute or two if you are going to be on board with what they offer. On their full length I hope to hear some more experimentation and better production value. Despite these minor issues the band is talented and sound like a classic sludge band that fans of the genre will enjoy.
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