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It’s been nine years in the making, but this month Hivemind finally drop their debut album. The Sunderland four-piece have gone through a few reshuffles to get to this point, but it does seem that the eponymous record might just live up to the hype.

Lead single Riot Envy starts off the album as it means to go on: anthemic riffs and heavy beats rip through static vocals. Judge, Jury and Executioner is an update Cold War paranoia set to an erratic beat, and the complete antithesis of its stripped-back, soulful follow-up Barely Breathing. There’s times when I feel like Hivemind should carry a health warning for whiplash, given the album’s tendency to completely switch genres in a heartbeat.

Stand out tracks include Sweet 16, a gritty, punk-leaning rock track with more attitude than a teenager in detention. It’s also decidedly more likeable, and catchy as hell.  Long time fans of Hivemind might just recognise House of Mirrors from their previous incarnation as Masamune. It’s survived for a reason; its breakneck beat and psychedelic rock influences make it a winning track.  

The band take inspiration from across the rock genre and beyond, creating a debut album with a unique sound many signed bands could only aspire to. If this is what they can achieve with a DIY attitude and the best resources Wearside has to offer, it would be amazing to see what they might be able to do in the future. I, for one, will be keeping my eye out.


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