These Swedes were compared to compatriots Unanimated and had two tapes and a 7" before their CD. The band supposedly had interest from Earache at one point. The band members reformed as Kaamos in 1998.
A MIND CONFUSED - OUT OF CHAOS SPAWN - NEAR DARK
I didn't know people are still putting out 7"s , but apparently they are and this one from Gothenburg-styled metallers A Mind Confused features the two tracks, Out of Chaos Spawn and Enchantress Of The Dark. Musically, the Swedes are getting more aggressive which was my advice to them last time. The band has agreed. That element is more prominent in its metal now. The vocals are still wailing and the snare way too high, but the sound is particularly good for a 7" EP. Fans of the Gothenburg sound really should go for this and even this former critic of the gang is becoming convinced. $6 from Near Dark Production, Nackstav S4 B, 85352 Sundsvall, Sweden. - Ali "The Metallian"
A MIND CONFUSED - ANARCHOS - NEAR DARK
Hot on the heels of two reviews last month Sweden's fledgling Near Dark sends Metallian Towers another new release, this time from a less obscure band. Having heard A Mind Confused's demo and EP previously there was a slight surprise in the band's disc. The band, you see, had increasingly aligned itself with the At The Gates/Gothenburg style of metal and I had projected the transformation complete by this full-length. While that style is apparent on older songs like Out Of Chaos Spawn, the quintet shows itself more similar to the early Swedish style of heavy/death metal than anything else. Early Tiamat and more accurately the first Therion album can be heard here. The interplay of guitar sounds with the framework of slow/fast song constructions is clearly Sweden circa 1990. The band does tend to black on songs like Eternal Sleep and as a result produces a good metallic mix on its CD. The only disappointment comes courtesy of the decidedly atypical, raw sound produced by the duo of Fred Estby and Skogsberg at Sunlight Studio. Regardless though, Near Dark reports of Earache's interest in the band and while that might sound farfetched let us keep an eye on A Mind Confused. - Ali "The Metallian"