Wednesday, November 20, 2013

THE BELLICOSE MINDS LP

THE BELLICOSE MINDS - THE SPINE LP (Sabotage)
During the past ten years the sound of Portland's punk scene has developed from crust to  punkrock and goth music with darkness as the only constant. This first LP by Belliclose Minds is an impressive example of this current wave of goth influenced groups. This trio takes influences from the dark sides of early and mid 80s British wave and postpunk acts, but they've got the finesse to keep it their own unique style. Fronted by some really mournful and haunting vocals, Bellicose Minds write driving songs, that find a perfect balance between power, melancholy and desperation. A hard-driving drum sound, a chiming guitar, moody hooks and dominant bass lines push ahead the eleven well-crafted tunes. "The Spine" recalls the classic sound of Killing Joke, Joy Division, Sisters Of Mercy, The Mob and Bauhaus, but without coming off as a rip-off of any of the mentioned bands. (Listen to it here)