Our Own Devices
By: The Asian Invasion
Release Date: August 12 2014
There's obvious influence in their music derived from the likes of Queensryche, Michael Schenker and Fates Warning. Their sound is pretty full on this effort and the production quality is fantastic. It's a concept album so each track tells a story that leads to the next.
The guitar work alone I'm very fond of and it's a huge standout on songs like the title track, "The Human Race" and "Firefly." Dietrick Hardwick is the shredder for Mindcage and his skills are fairly obvious, as his ripping leads tear through your ears with utmost intensity.
These dudes are highly seasoned musicians and although it took them almost two decades to drop this cut, the numerous years of hard work payed off. Being a fan of old school Queensryche and Iron Maiden, I more than enjoyed this opus. It's definitely not a straight rip off of those bands either; they put their own stamp on things and more or less pay homage to the classics.
A solid 3.5 / 5 .
Check out the new special edition of Our Own Devices by Mindcage, coming out Aug. 12.
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