On August 4th, Tantric released a follow up effort to their somewhat disappointing disc The End Begins from 2008.
Is Mind Control more of the same, or is this a return to form for the Louisville, KY alt rockers?
I immediately noticed the heaviness of the opening track “Mind Control”, and was hoping this was the direction the band was heading. I wouldn’t call Mind Control a heavy album by any means, but there are some songs on this CD that are much harder than I am used to hearing Tantric play.
“Kick Back” sees the band heading into a Shinedown like direction, while the title track “Mind Control” brings Creed to mind.
The opening riffs of “Fall To the Ground” nearly reminded me of early Lynch Mob. Hugo Ferreira gets a little growly with his vocals on this tune. This song gets better with every listen.
I am not sure what to think about the song “Coming Undone”. This song is quite a mixed bag for me. It almost sounds as if Tantric is trying to head into the Tool territory. The song starts off with a really cool violin and piano intro, and then blasts off into a grungy mid-tempo number. For whatever reason, this songs sounds unnatural for Tantric, but I must admit that it is growing on me.
“Desert Me” is a typical post grunge song that, if anything sounds kind of generic. If I were to hear this song on the radio, I would not be able to tell it apart from a lot of the other stuff that is being played today.
“The Past is the Past” has some cool guitar parts that bring U2 to mind. This song will be a hit without a doubt.
“Walk Away” is a catchy rocker, and “What Are You Waiting For” sounds like it is a hit waiting to happen. Both songs are enhanced with the violin of Marcus Ratzenboeck. The violin isn’t an instrument that you hear much of in rock music, and I appreciate his playing on these songs, and on this album.
“Lets Start” is another harder edged tune that rocks pretty well. Half of the song has this cool riff, that brings U2 to mind once more. The other half has these cool heavy crunch filled guitar riffs. This is a pretty cool tune that I would like to hear Tantric do more of.
Tantric has released another solid effort with Mind Control. There are at least seven or eight songs that I will get a lot of replay out of. While this disc may not be as good as their debut record, it is easily their best one since then. This is one of the better alternative rock albums of 2009.
Rating : Out of 10
1. Mind Control
2. Fall To The Ground
3. Coming Undone
4. Desert Me
5. The Past Is The Past
6. Kick Back
8. Run Out
9. Walk Away
10. What Are You Waiting For
11. Let’s Start
12. Guiding Me
Hugo Ferreira – lead vocals and keyboard
Joe Pessia – guitar
Erik Leonhardt – bass and vocals
Marcus Ratzenboeck – violin
Richie Monica – drums