New tape from Raleigh's resident joint-smokin', party-rockin' punks. 3 previously unreleased tracks, leftover copies from their 2018 East Coast tour!
Our take: Limited 3-song cassette pressed up for Mind Dweller’s recent mini-tour with Richmond’s Sinister Purpose. In case you don’t remember Mind Dweller’s earlier tape on Sorry State, the quick description is that they’re an Annihilation Time-style rocked-out punk band (or punked-out rock band), but there’s so much diversity in their sound I don’t think that does the band justice. That’s true even on this brief, 3-track cassette. The opener, “Dos Exx,” is as close to a prototypical Mind Dweller track as you’ll find with its big main riff and more agile, Thin Lizzy-style runs on the chorus. “Involuntary Trap” is a standout for being the rare pure hardcore track in Mind Dweller’s catalog. It reminds me of Government Warning, not just in its speed and precision, but also in how the band uses their songwriting and arranging chops to elevate what might otherwise be a straightforward track into something special. The third and final track, “Greed Mania,” gives us more blistering hardcore, but the song’s highlight is the early Iron Maiden-style twin lead guitar in the middle section. Let’s hope this tape is the precursor to more Mind Dweller material hitting the streets soon, because this one is straight fire.