Mindscar’s second album is a different beast to their first one, but no less savage. What’s Beyond the Light is both catchy and memorable extreme metal, confident in its attack and nuanced enough to have more depth than you might be expecting from such an in-your-face band.
Guitarist/singer Richie Brown tells us more…
Introduce us to Mindscar!
We are a three piece metal band from Florida with two albums out: Kill The King and What’s Beyond The Light.
What are your influences?
Nature and life experiences.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend
The Malkuth Grimoire by Alkaloid, Inferno by Marty Friedman, Holy Diver by Dio, Nightbreed soundtrack by Danny Elfman and Tigran Hamasyan trio.
Tell us about What’s Beyond the Light – what exactly is beyond the light…?
It’s about dealing with overwhelming or unexpected circumstances in life that seem like they’re going to completely crush you but instead you push through, overcome and come out the other side a stronger person. Although What’s Beyond The Light can be interpreted and related to in many ways, that’s were my head was at when I was writing the lyrics.
How were the songs written?
The writing process was very organic: the three of us in a room with our instruments jamming things out, composing together.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
The title track, What’s Beyond The Light is my favourite song on the record because we’ve never done anything like it before, it’s the first time that I’ve ever been confident in my clean vocals and the solo is really fun to play. Cerberus is my favourite song to play live though because it crushes so hard.
How do you think What’s Beyond the Light compares with Kill the King?
They are completely different. With Kill The King, we had something to prove because we were reestablishing the band. I was also doing the majority of the writing alone back then. What’s Beyond The Light is much more of a group effort. As a result, you can hear more dynamics. Robbie brings his signature drum sound to the table and Terran stepped up to the plate with his bass playing and vocals. There’s simply more flavors now.
How do you think your music will progress in the future?
We are already about half way done writing the next album, which is completely different from KTK and WBTL. We are exploring unconventional song structures partially inspired by obscure art with the goal of creating a surreal and violent sound. I can’t reveal too much right now but I do know that it is intentionally heavier than anything we’ve ever done.
Is there anything on What’s Beyond the Light that you’d change at all?
The cover artwork is quite striking – I hear there’s a rather sticky story behind this…?
Haha…Yes there is. The painting is 22.5 x 22.5 inches and took me several months to complete. I used my blood for the majority of the painting, which I had drawn by a nurse every one to two weeks during the process. To top things off, I added my semen to the light source. I jerked off into a sentimental Crown Royal glass that I acquired on tour in Arlington, Texas while watching anal porn and listening to Slayer’s “South Of Heaven”. Then I spread the icing on the cake with a tooth pick.
How important do you think album artwork is?
It’s extremely important. It’s like getting a tattoo for a band member, you have to live with it for the rest of your life so it better be good!
Do you have any upcoming shows you want to mention?
We have a hometown show in Orlando at Backbooth with Act Of Defiance on Saturday, September 24th. We are also performing at Swarmfest in Tampa on Saturday, November 19th.
What does the rest of 2016 hold for you?
We are about to announce our first tour outside of the US in November. We also have two more music videos in production for songs off What’s Beyond The Light. We are very excited to work on one of them with Mitchell Luna (Maruta). We are working on music and artwork for a third album in our down time as well.
Any final words?
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to talk! Keep kicking ass!