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There's plenty here for any metal-head to sink their teeth into.

Brazilians Mindflow were first formed back in 2006 by guitarist Rodrigo Hidalgo and drummer Rafael Pensado, while living in Australia of all places. Upon their return to Brazil they added bassist Ricardo Winandy and began to develop their sound as an instrumental unit. Then a producer friend of the band bought in vocalist Danilo Herbert, and began writing and recording. Two independent self-produced albums surfaced, then for third album 'Destructive Device' the band reached out to the U.S.A. to enhance their reputation, and enlisted producer Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Megadeth, Slipknot etc.) After the release of the album, Mindflow continued to record, putting songs out one at a time on their website, but when major label Nightmare records offered the band a deal, they took the best of their new songs and combined them with their favourites from the 'Destructive Device' album to create this release, 'With Bare Hands.'

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As Mindflow are branded as a hardcore melodic metal band with progressive tendencies, the album throws a bit of a curve-ball with first track 'Break Me Out' with it's slightly Southern Rock tinged influence, it's a track that could have comfortably been the opener to any of the last two Lynyrd Skynyrd records. 'Reset The Future' is more what I expected, hard and heavy with a hint of a nu-metal riff, but with plenty of melody in the vocals. Then third track 'Breakthrough' is heavy on the keyboard sounds and has echoes of Linkin Park, and then 'Walking Tall' goes back to the contemporary melodic metal sound and, the ballad 'The Ride' aside, the rest of the album pretty much continues in this fashion, throwing in the occasional old-school riff and progressive touch. While not as interesting as the opening three numbers, there's still plenty here for any metal-head to sink their teeth into.

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