After we were finally able to enter a stage again at this year's Taunus Metal Festival, we're happy to announce two new gigs!
On June 18th, we'll play the Feuerfänger Festival in Germany, sharing the stage with Mentalist, Ivory Tower, Gravety, Angelcrypt and Trickster's Day. We can't wait to return to the beautiful Saarland. Grab your tickets right here!
Good news came this week when we were confirmed to participate in this year's W:O:A Metal Battle preliminary in Luxembourg. One out of 7 bands gets the chance to perform at the Wacken Open Air, so we're pretty excited.
Children of Bodom impacted former Mindpatrol guitarist and founding member Xavier Hofmann's playing like no other band did. When he came around with the idea to cover their song “Bed of Razors”, it was clear from the start that this would be a rewarding project calling for dedicated musicians.
With Marc Froehling (Sleepers’ Guilt, Parity, mixing) on the bass guitar and the mixing duties, János Krusenbaum (Blossom Cult, Der Ewige Tag) on the keyboard, Sacha Ewen (Pleasing, We Knew John Doe, Fawldeer, video editing) on the drums, Xavier Hofmann (Pleasing, We Knew John Doe) and Yann Weidig (Mindpatrol, Decipher) on the guitars and Luc François (Mindpatrol) delivering the vocals, we found the right line-up to cover one of Children of Bodom’s finest.
If you like what you hear, please listen to the involved musicians’ bands – you won’t regret it!
In order to celebrate the release (finally!) of our 4th album „Ikaria“, we released a lyric video for „Freedom And The Birdcage“.
In this song, wedeal with the question whether freedom can be preserved through raising a wall. While this seems contradictory at first, the song is rooted in the album’s narrative, presenting a situation in which two parties refuse to listen to each other, claiming their only opinion to be the only valid one. Both strive for freedom in their own way, ending up at a stalemate in front of a wall.
„Freedom And The Birdcage“ is probably the most challenging song we ever wrote. This complexity, however, is contrasted by a straightforward chorus inviting the listener to sing along right before diving head first in deep Prog waters again. The song was written with former guitarist and founding member Xavier Hofmann (Pleasing, We Knew John Doe), a seemingly avid lover of odd time signatures.
The song’s narrative is illustrated with artworks created by Stéphane Pianon, who was also in charge of the album artwork. Sacha Ewen (Pleasing, Fawldeer, We Knew John Doe) created the video, while the mixing and mastering duties were executed by Sebastian Levermann (Orden Ogan).
We wish to thank Luxembourg's Ministry of Culture and Sacem for supporting "Ikaria".
After our first single "Stainless White" was one of the more melodic tunes of "Ikaria", let's switch to destructive mode! "Terminus" is fast, dark and angry.
This is no coincidence: the main riff was written by former Mindpatrol member and Fusion Bomb guitarist Miguel Teixeira Sousa – this guy knows how to wreak havoc! A hertfelt thank you for your contribution and all the good times we had and will have, brother!
The song's mood is reflected in the artwork, which was created by Stéphane Pianon and shows the story’s protagonist moments before taking the hardest decision in her entire life.
It felt like we've been waiting for ages, now the wait is over! The first single "Stainless White" from the upcoming album "Ikaria" is out now and we couldn't be happier!
The video was directed by Cindy Santos and features Ana Carina Marinheiro Neto and local literature critic Jérôme Jaminet as actors. Working with them, Cindy and her crew was an incredibly rewarding experience – to the extent that this crazy 24-hour-shot almost felt like a walk in the park.
New album “Ikaria” out on June 4th via Green Zone Music!
On our 4th album “Ikaria”, we explore the seemingly perfect city of Ikaria, a place purged from crime and vile intent thanks to an omnipresent mind monitoring mechanism. The story plays in parallel to the events of our last album “Vulture City” and is accompanied by a self-written German novel for those who like to dive deeper.
After the line-up changes that followed “Vulture City”, we made sure to take our time and create a concept album that reflects everything Mindpatrol stands for in 2021. Balancing proggy craziness and moody moments, heavy neckbreakers and even a straight, hooky riff once in a while, we let our creativity flow in whatever direction the story called for.
“Ikaria” was mixed and mastered by Sebastian Levermann (Orden Ogan) in his Greenman Studios.
Pre-follow "Ikaria" now: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/mindpatrol/ikaria
1. Porcelain Skin
2. Permanent Solution
3. To Raise Another Wall
4. Stainless White
5. What The Birds Don't Know
6. Freedom And The Birdcage
8. Unsung Healing Song
9. Trial Of A Simple Man
12. After I Called The Flame
The artwork of “Ikaria” was created by Stéphane Pianon.
We'd like to thank Luxembourg's Ministry of Culture and Sacem for supporting the realization of this project!
We spent the last three days at the BigVish headquarters to record the drums for our upcoming album with the wonderful Dennis Koehne. A pleasure it was! We learned many valuable lessons, had a perfect working atmosphere with enough room for a joke or twenty and the drums might have turned out allright.
We've been at a lot of shows, but last year's Bambi Metal Festival was something special. There was passion and dancing and violence (the good one), and now we're playing there. Yup, this is confirmed to be super cool! :-D
Hello everyone, please feel welcome on Mindpatrol's new web presence! Why a new one, some people might wonder: Well, our old platform is apparently not working anymore. Domain renewal was pending for a while, now it's offline and we're not even able to reclaim the old domain. Support mails were left unanswered and we felt more and more uncomfortable with that platform – artistecard in case you'd wonder –, so we decided to start from scratch.
But we're used to doing so, lately, aren't we? So here's another new start and another time the five of us looking forward to sharing our music with you guys, meeting new people on the road and having a good time.