Disturb The Hive
The best continue to get better and better
There was never any question about Mindsnare's position as Australia's true reigning kings of metallic hardcore, but it wasn't until their fourth full-length release The Death (Released back in 2004) that the band finally managed to transfer their live sound into the studio with the aid of renowned producer D.W. Norton. Not surprisingly, The Death was by far for the most successful and critically acclaimed release for the long running Melbourne based four-piece act (Who comprise of vocalist Matt Maunder, Blood Duster guitarist Beltsy, bassist Nigel Melder and Frenzal Rhomb drummer Gordy Forman), and touring alongside international acts such as Ringworm and Kreator only reinforced their reputation as one of Australia's hardcore legends. After a couple of quiet years (Although the band did manage to release a four-track seven inch single of brand new tracks and a Septic Death cover in October 2006 through Short Fuse Records, not to mention keep themselves busy with their other projects), Mindsnare are back with their fifth full-length release Disturb The Hive.
Clocking in at just over twenty-two minutes, and consisting of twelve tracks, Disturb The Hive is a venomous, stripped back, heavier and meaner sounding Mindsnare, which goes some way to proving that the band are not only getting better with age, but also more aggressive and metallic sounding with every new album released. Opening up with a fast paced thrash riff, I Can See Blood is a bludgeoning statement of intent from the band, with Maunder's vocals sounding as caustic as they have ever done, while Forman's performance throughout the song (And the album for that matter) is nothing short of ferocious. Burning Black is by far the fastest track on the album, and ups the ante in the thrash metal stakes in a major way, while the title track Disturbing The Hive, the chaotic gang vocalised Hammer, Crashing Down and Scars, while all different from one another, follow a similar in vein in terms of projecting the band's newfound thrash intensity.
Pockets of groove and catchiness does actually present itself within some of the tracks (Such as A Cycle With No End, Turn You Inside Out and Lost Again), but never at the cost of the overall aggression Mindsnare clearly need to vent from the moment the album takes off. With another outstanding production from D.W. Norton (Perhaps the only modern influence that can be heard throughout the album), Disturb The Hive is another first class collection of uncompromising metallic hardcore tunes from Mindsnare. For near on fifteen years, Mindsnare have consistently set the bar in terms of quality Australian hardcore, and with Disturb The Hive, I'll be damned if the band haven't managed to set a whole new standard once again.
(Resist Records/Shock Records Distribution)