While many rock bands these days are moving on when it comes to their sounds, others find inspiration in the music that they listened to as they were growing up. Some play it subtle, while others do not hide it in any way or form. That’s the very case of our next review.
Analog Mind Bender by Dust of Days takes us back to the late 90s and early 00s when Alternative and Grunge music was pretty much the trademark sound of that era.
The title track kicks off the record with this fun and catchy guitar riffs that blends with the rough and melodic vocals that reminded me right away to other great vocalists of the time as Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas. The solo in the midst of the song is simply amazing.
Things just gets better as the album progresses. “Aurora” is once again filled with just loud and powerful riffs, drums and bass lines. If you pay close attention, you may also hear some 80s Glam Rock layers in the background. It’s great Arena Rock music through and through.
From what I read, the band locked themselves in the same studio were Nirvana, Live and PJ Harvey recorded some of their music and it seems like the inspirational ghost that possessed these legends did the same thing to these guys. The sound on this record is very reminiscent of many of these acts though I wouldn’t call them an exact carbon copy as the band throws in their own original spin.
A reason for the angst and pain in many of the songs, perhaps are widely related to the lyrics as the album touches sensitive topics as death, domestic abuse and suffering. With that in mind, the music reflects all the emotions throughout the vocals but also the continuous solos in the songs and more. Therefore, Analog Mind Bender can be easily considered an emotional rollercoaster.
Criteria - 85%
Overall, I believe this is certainly an album and band you need to judge by yourself. If you are a rock fan, you might definitely love this band. Especially if musically, you are still stuck in the past few decades. Like I also mentioned earlier on this review, the band's sound is just perfect for big stadiums and arenas, so hopefully with some well-deserved recognition and maturity (sometimes the songs felt a bit too raw and like they deserved some more polishing), DoD can definitely go places.