UNITED MIND CLUB "World Blood History" 2012
/Metal Scrap Records/

Tracklist:
1.When you were still alive 01:54
2.B.B.B.P. 04:05
3.Dreams of Luther 04:48
4.Jaguar 05:31
5.Its just bleeding 04:31
6.Interview  with the  beast 03:40
7.For nobody but me 04:24
8.World Blood of History 05:41
Total playing time: 34:34

 

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UNITED MIND CLUB z Rosji to świetny przykład, jak z wielu różnych muzycznych gatunków, można wybrać najciekawsze elementy i złożyć to w jeden idealnie skrojony, spójny album. Ośmioutworowy debiutancki album „World Blood History” trwa niespełna 35 minut i jest to zdecydowanie odpowiednia długość. Każdy z utworów ma przynajmniej jeden wyrazisty wiodący riff, wokół którego zbudowana jest reszta. Nie znaczy to jednak, że tylko na dobrych riffach opiera się siła tej płyty. Bardzo ciekawe i często nieszablonowe aranżacje sprawiają, że kolejne utwory przenoszą nas w coraz to nowe muzyczne bajki, jednak zdecydowanie osadzone w klimacie mrocznego, momentami symfonicznego metalu. Dodajmy - nowoczesnego metalu i mogę z pełną odpowiedzialnością zaznaczyć, że dla tych utworów określenie nowoczesny metal to zdecydowany komplement. Na plus należy dodać również ciekawe melodie serwowane przez klawisze, a czasami przez jakieś dziwne komputerowe sample. I co ciekawe, to wszystko w połączeniu z dużą energią generowaną przez UNITED MIND CLUB wcale nie sprawia wrażenia wielkiego garnka z muzycznym grochem i kapustą. Wręcz przeciwnie. „World Blood History” to porcja ciekawego, a zarazem spójnego, nowoczesnego i niebanalnego metalu, którą zdecydowanie polecam wszystkim lubiącym soczyste muzyczne smakołyki.

6/6
Korbolkatus (Atmospheric Magazine)

There used to be a time when I thought that Megadeth was the greatest band ever. I listened to the first three albums over and over and never got tired of them. Then we all got older and I wandered elsewhere and Megadeth went their way. Still to this day I value those Megadeth albums high. Without them I wouldn’t be the man I am today. That United Mind Club should have that impact on me now, or any other band for that matter, is close to nil. Still, the first band that came to mind when I heard “World Blood History” was Megadeth. Mix them with a bit of Rammstein and some Rob Zombie/White Zombie and you get a pretty good picture of where to find United Mind Club. A mix that on paper might seem weird but in reality work very well. To me it is all about finding the right combination that works. United Mind Club seems to have done just that, found a mix that work. I like this medium tempo that they have going for them. Not too slow to lose my interest and not too fast to just end up with a lot of air and no substance.

Anders Ekdahl (BATTLE HELM MAGAZINE)

If you look at the CD and the location of where this Russia based band hails from, you could make the mistake to think it’s just a overproduced and overrated grindcore band that put a lot of effort in trying to look as professional as possible but like with so many bands on that side of the spectrum, musically it is crap galore… If you make that mistake, you will miss out on a rather innovative and original thrash metal debut CD called ’World Blood History’. The CD is filled with great sounding Arab like influences, keyboards and electronic sounding rhythms and great tidbits that fill up the empty spaces in the with solo’s filled staccato riffing thrash songs. You could call this style electro thrash metal. All eight songs however bear the same problem: I do not like the Russian accent, even in the grunting like parts it is audible, but I also do not enjoy the plenty of yeah-yeah’s and get together sing-a-longs.. I also do not like the misuse of the inheritance that Fear Factory left us. The one who dares might discover a cool band.

71/100
Erik (Lords Of Metal)

After a worrying start with some unintelligible racket and strange grunting noises for an intro, this East European outfit’s cd is somewhat growingly accessible.
Here you can watch extreme metal and prog meet head on in a spectacular tangle that gives one something to take away. Frontman/guitarist Dmitry Zimin has a versatile voice to match the changes in metal-ular direction, going from death to alternative to industrial in dainty little circles. Samples get in on the often Metallica -schooled twin guitar violence simmering angrily on and off with Eastern vocal over dubs enjoying a welcome place.
Zmitry and bandmate/namesake Dmitry Kapstin’s rhythm and lead duels do still serve up the justice with some very trampoliney beats sending you up in the air and down as you listen to an extreme metal disc that is different in about as many ways as can strive to be. Manic and melodic, ’WBH’ is everything the majority of United football Clubs are struggling to be right now - thriving with success and promise for the immediate future.
Impressive.

8/10
Dave Attrill (www.metalliville.co.uk)

Again I'm listening Russian brothers. They generally produce interesting music. United Mind Club is a new band formed in 2008 and released their first EP in 2008, than they released their debut full-length album in January 2012 via Metal Scrap Records.
Album opens with an interesting intro. They are doing progressive/technical thrash metal with some industrial and ethnic influences. Also vocals sound like old-school thrash metal bands. Especially you sould listen the song called "B.B.B.P.", you sould hear this solo guitar tones, it makes me tickled pink. I really enjoyed.
As I always said, Russian bro's have their own interesting styles. You should check this album, I can recommend this for whom interested in sub genres of new generation thrash metal.

9/10
Goremented (Extreminal Webzine)

Come on now guys.. You are talking to me and you have to admit it. When you heard the name of this band you might thought that this is a collection of a new dance pieces by a dj. Well No, it is nothing to do with it, or … This is an industrial metal band from Russia. The last album that I heard in Russian was a revelation for me. Is this album close to be; Well, yes it is. Not a masterpiece but it is a very good album indeed. I do not know what the Russian water has (or I might say vodka) but hey! People who drink this kind of water are made amazing music. 8 songs make us want to dance and shake in a hard pace. Numerous organs make their appearance, sometimes drown us but still generally moving very well. Synthesizers fill the gaps between the drums and guitars and give us a set that gives kicks, punches, but always with blemishes rate.  We're talking about a band that we would love to see live to open for Rammstein’s shows and put us in a proper mood. Very good effort.

3,5/5
Hard City

Part 1
United Mind Club are one of those great European metal acts who do things in a greatly unusual way.
Armed with mainly extreme metal weaponry they however arrive primed for many different targets instead. Tight twin guitar punishment from both the lead shredder and singer - both named Dmitry - run here in tandem with molten poundings of pure electro- industrial fury, largely in the White Zombie and Filter way of things.
'BBBP', 'Dreams Of Luthor', 'Its Just Bleeding', 'Interview With The Beast' and 'World Blood Of History' gather every straw from the darker side of the field to deliver songs structured in such a way you wont find them pushed under any single pidgeonhole ... then again a label stating Dark Symphonic Industrial metal isnt an easy one to spot on the shelves.
Large, chorus based tunes built to an often random assembly of angry musical components that click together by themselves are not a first but something within this mix secures them their aplomb. Lethally infectuous and intensely vitriolic, United Mind Clubs name sums it all up.
Pow-er-ful!
9.5/10

Part 2
After a worrying start with some unintelligible racket and strange grunting noises for an intro, this East European outfit’s cd is somewhat growingly accessible.
Here you can watch extreme metal and prog meet head on in a spectacular tangle that gives one something to take away. Frontman/guitarist Dmitry Zimin has a versatile voice to match the changes in metal-ular direction, going from death to alternative to industrial in dainty little circles. Samples get in on the often Metallica -schooled twin guitar violence simmering angrily on and off with Eastern vocal over dubs enjoying a welcome place.
Zmitry and bandmate/namesake Dmitry Kapstin’s rhythm and lead duels do still serve up the justice with some very trampoliney beats sending you up in the air and down as you listen to an extreme metal disc that is different in about as many ways as can strive to be. Manic and melodic, ’WBH’ is everything the majority of United football Clubs are struggling to be right now - thriving with success and promise for the immediate future.
Impressive.
8/10
RECOMMENDED IF YOU LIKE: Devin Townsend, Candlemass, Marilyn Manson & Testament.

Dave Attrill (Metalliville.com)

This 34-minute EP from Russian noise mongers United Mind Club is one of the better industrial efforts, if not the best, I’ve had to listen to this year. There’s not much in the way of anything ground breaking in their music, but it is real easy to listen to and enjoy, which is half the battle. The standard fourpiece band set up is enhanced on this recording by the inclusion of some additional vocals from Almira Hazarjian and Artem Aksenov on synths and samples. The eastern tinge to the vocals brought in by Almira does give the songs an extra dimension. Elsewhere, UMC stick to the tried and tested sound formulas of many that have gone before them, but they’ve managed to start to carve out some king of uniqueness in what they’re doing. Not an easy task by any means when it comes to the good old industrial sound. If you were looking to criticise their approach, then it could be that some of the songs do sound like a melding of the sounds of Rammstein and Iron Maiden, but I’d rather like to think that this is much more of a positive than a negative, and for trying to be a bit different, this gets huge thumbs up.

7/9
ALLAN BANNERMAN (Power Play Magazine)

United Mind Club are a band from Russia that plays a very symphonic form of industrial with some thrash influences and this is a review of their 2012 album "World Blood History" which was released by Metal Scrap Records.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with no blast beats being present on this recording as well as a brief use of tribal sounding drums, while the synths being a very dark, symphonic and industrial sound to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that are coming out of the guitars.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast heavy industrial riffs with some thrash influences being thrown into the riffing, while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding heavy guitar solos and leads.
Vocals are mostly industrial style vocals with some clean singing male female vocals being utilized at times, while the lyrics cover dark themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound to it.
In my opinion United Mind Club are a very great sounding symphonic industrial metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "B.B.B.P" "It's Just Bleeding" and "Interview With The Beast". RECOMMENDED BUY.

OccultBlackMetal (Extreme Underground Music Zine)

I’ve listened to the full length debut “World Blood History” of the Russian band UNITED MIND CLUB at least six or seven times now, and I still don’t have any clue what this is all about. In my humble opinion, this is a very good sign when a band has a completely unique sound and doesn’t sound like much else. This is also the case for a band that is labelled as Progressive Thrash Metal. Well, I’m not even sure if this is Thrash Metal but it’s progressive for sure. Just take a look on the cover artwork and you might get an idea what you can expect. It’s dark, it’s overwhelming, it’s strange but, all in all, very intriguing. If you think about Progressive Thrash Metal, you might have VOIVOD in mind, but the two bands have nothing and a lot in common at the same time as both are experimental, unconventional, and unpredictable.
The band employs many electronic elements that could play on an any avant-garde disco night but these parts also add some atmosphere and depth to the release. The guitar work is more than just solid and includes many great riffs. Sometimes these riffs are melodic and in a mid tempo pace, but there are also more epic and slow passages or a few upbeat moments. Melodic melodies and distorted sounds can be found on an almost equal level. The rhythm section follows these patterns of diversity. The vocals are sometimes simplistic and almost spoken in a very bleak and crazy way, sometimes we have more energizing harsh vocals that can though not be described as Exreme Metal performances and are probably close to a certain form of Industrial or Thrash Metal. Sometimes, the vocals are also distorted and transformed by effects which adds a very dystopian touch to the release.
It’s really hard to point out any songs. Apart of the short opener “When You Were Still Alive” that could also come from SENMUTH, all seven songs are rather diversified and need their time to grow. The incredible “B.B.B.P.” includes for example Oriental Folk influences and tons of longing guitar riffs you won’t forget all too soon. Many tracks include excellent hooks such as the masterpiece “Jaguar”. This kind of song is just pure brilliance according to my ears. The track starts with some electronic experiments and adds a few simplistic Industrial Metal riffs before very expressively whispered and spoken vocals with a huge accent kick in that are sometimes distorted with strange effects. The robotic but thanks to the keyboards almost angelic chorus is weird as nothing else but increadibly catchy. Epic background choirs add a majestic touch to this track. Now you can see how hard this band is to describe and I only talked about the first half of one single track in detail. As another highlight or hint for you to get what this band might be about, I would also like to cite the album closer “World Blood Of History” as this song stands for the high amount of imagination of this unqiue band. This track is hard to digest during the first try but it will get better and catchier and you still have tons of details to detect after a handful of spins.
This record is diversified, for some maybe even chaotic but I can hear a clear guiding line in all this madness and each time I listen to this album I am fascinated once again. This band surely is one of the most interesting ones I’ve discovered in the last few weeks, months or even years. If you want to expand your metal horizons, you have to check them out without the glimpse of a doubt. As this band proves to be courageous and manages to mix incredibly complex structures with something one can nonetheless call catchy or gripping, I try to be courageous as well and give this band the perfect rating for their debut record. I’m aware of the fact that either you love or hate these guys. Chose your camp but please do check them out right now!

10/10

Sebastian K (Metal-Observer.com)

apocalyptic rites 6Oj nie będzie Anatolij zadowolony z recenzji swoich materiałów, które mi podesłał. Niestety i tym razem mocno się rozminęliśmy w tzw. gustach. UMC to kolejny band, który postanowił trochę mnie pomęczyć swoją własną wizją muzyki. Ciężko mi to nawet nazwać metalem. Sporo się dzieje i idzie w zupełnie różnych dziwnych kierunkach. Jest gitarowo nie zaprzeczę, ale oprócz tego zdrowo goście mieszają w kwestii rytmu (oj zdrowo rwą, zawieszają, zmieniają), użycia elektroniki (to nawet nie są plamy w tle tylko sample będące pełnoprawnymi elementami), kobiecych wokali (tu akurat nie za wiele). A propos wokali to wiodące są męskie w postaci różnych krzyków, szeptów i takich tam. Muzyka trochę przypomina mi kiedyś słyszany Prong, pod względem łamania rytmu połączony z lekko industrialnymi niby brutalnymi patentami w stylu Rammstein. Jednak to nie wszystko bo jak wspomniałem wcześniej dużo się w tej muzyce dzieje. Zdecydowanie dla ludzi o otwartych umysłach.

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