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Either Canadian band Mind Mold wrote the music and then found the perfect name, or they had a rough idea for "mind-molding" blackdoom and then totally nailed it. Kneading and twisting your brain is their specialty. Cerebral and ethereal and avant-garde, they also manage to ground themselves in tangible, extreme metal. Mind Mold excels at integrating grooves into otherwise discordant passages, the guiding characteristic of their upcoming debut self-titled EP. Stream "Nyx" below to get a taste.

The EP's final, longest, and most dramatic track, “Nyx” takes a singular approach: nail one righteously crusty doom riff and build a song around it. Layered over a gradual ascent toward a harrowing climax, it begins abstractly and ends concretely. The molding action, if you will: this journey from tense aural headspaces to diamond-tough metal. Weaved throughout are distraught and unsettling vocals, for that touch of discord which fuzzes the picture and imbues a dark sense of loss.

The remainder of the Mind Mold EP expands beyond the doomy simplicity (the good kind) of "Nyx." Bridging to black metal, and at their core progressive and quick-shifting, the first four tracks harbor a restrained fury in preparation for release by the ultimate track. Ideas and riffs are constructed and then deconstructed in motion. Nothing feels toyed with, but everything feels utilized in an eccentric way. Stimulating music, without any pretension or pointless challenges.

Stream "Nyx" below. Mind Mold EP releases April 28 via Sentient Ruin. Purchase here. Follow Mind Mold on Facebook.

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