By Tom Reardon, May 2019 Issue.
Heavy music should be heavy. Seems like a simple enough concept, but a lot of heavy bands seem to forget, at least at some point in their career, what brought their fans to them in the first place. Case in point, Mechanics Of The Mind’s song “Cloud’s Of Dust” off their new record, Reckless & Divided. Here is a song that knows exactly what it is supposed to be: big, heavy, and it sounds like the band is angry. The riff-age is solid here, as it should be, with a group of veteran Phoenix musicians, and Reckless & Divided will please a lot of local heavy music fans. There is some Nu Metal sounds here that might turn off some more classic heavy metal fans, but it is not enough to make you spit out your Bud Light after a long night at Joe’s Grotto in Paradise Valley or Club Red in Mesa where the band seems to play a lot. “Gamble With The Devil” is a tad predictable, sure, but it also kind of reminds me of a superhero movie in that music like this is supposed to be fun and not make you think a lot, so throw on some black leather pants and get on down to see Mechanics Of The Mind next time they play.
By Robert Levoy, May 19th 2019
For my 1202nd review, I am proud to present the album Reckless And Divided by Arizona based metal/alternative, progressive rock band Mechanics Of The Mind released March 31, 2019, on the Arranging Circle Records label. This great band comprises of Jesse Flint on vocals, Dave Porter on rhythm guitar, Terry Scott on bass, Forest White on drums and Tony Linhares on lead guitar. This great album with heavy guitar riffs, pounding bass lines, driving drum beats and heavy vocals is heard on such tracks as Tear (Under The Skin), Distorted Eyes, Clouds Of Dust, Gamble With The Devil and much more. I enjoyed this album from start to finish and was impressed with how well this album was written, performed, recorded and produced. This is an album I definitely recommend that you add to your music library and is available from Amazon, Itunes, and other outlets where CD’s and digital downloads are sold. You can learn more about this great band by going to their website https://www.mechanicsofthemind.net