This 3 piece hails from Noteddam, Norway and was sprung to life with a single objective- to unleash pure aggression upon the masses. Make no mistake though- this is not another devil worshipping act, it’s bashing death metal at its finest and their latest release “Riot Detonator“ is an example of enriching the style by adding an industrial spin to it.
In our ongoing Hammerslag Festival coverage and in an effort to help raise awareness about the bands on the bill, we sent out some questions to Mindgrinder, who are playing the December 16th leg of the festival at Rivals. Nitrous (guitar) was cool enough to respond, and here's what he had to say:
Gothique: What's the story behind the band? How did you guys get together?
Nitrous: Hi, this is right side guitarist Nitrous, first of all let me say thanks for the interest. I and Titan grew up together and we've known each other since the first schooldays. I first met Cosmo in a school band back in '91 so we've been playing together for a long time in various bands. Back then the county had great rehearsal localities. They were also early investing in a four track, which was a real creativity booster. The same place gave birth to Emperor, and I guess was part of triggering Toby Akkerhaugens curiosity in recording. Good environment to say the least! So Cheers to Sauherad! Regarding MindGrinder, we first got together in 1996. The intention was basically to play something that was groovy, catchy, with a blast of aggression. Although we've evolved through the years the idea is still the same. The drummer on "Riot Detonator", Dan, wasn't very long with the band, and now we've brought on board Nex which I first recruited to a cover band back in 99.
Gothique: Could you tell me a little bit about the persons behind the band? What are you guys doing when not playing in Mindgrinder?
Nitrous: I'm completing my economics degree this next spring and enjoy playing old heavy songs alongside Titan and Nex in Spider. Titan works as a construction engineer. Nex plays his ass off, and Cosmo spends all his spare time in his studio. Cosmo's also been busy recording a preproduction of Zyklons upcoming album and playing with Scum.
Gothique: How did you come up with the name Mindgrinder and is there any idea behind the name? As far as I know you were previously called Mental Garrotter, why did you change it?
Nitrous: Why we changed it? I don't know were you're from, but in hindsight it's rather difficult to pronounce in several other languages than Norwegian (a little "Spinal Tap" touch there). We wanted to keep the MG-symbol and brainstormed names featuring M and G. MindGrinder's got the right snare to it so it feels absolutely right!
Gothique: You released "Riot Detonator" earlier this year. I personally think it's a really good album and one of the must-haves of 2005. How do you feel about it - did you achieve the sound you were hoping for?
Nitrous: Well, first of all thanks, and by all means spread the word! This was our second time 'round in Akkerhaugen Studio and we were well prepared and had better time. We spent a lot of time on achieving the right sound, and we're very proud of the result.
Gothique: Are you happy with your collaboration with Nocturnal Art Prod. so far?
Nitrous: It's been very good so far, and I can't see any reason why that would change. Samoth is a friend of us, but when it comes to label business he is very professional. We got burned by our former label so trust and honesty is important. Samoth knows we're doing everything we can to take the band further, and that we always deliver a solid live show! There's no monkey business with MindGrinder! Also I have to say that Samoth promotes the band very well.
Gothique: The "Pathetic Submission" video has a very old school feel to it (which is awesome). Who directed it?
Nitrous: It's cut/directed by Geir Gaasodden at websys. Cam-crew features Mr and Mrs Samoth, Kirsti (Cosmos girlfriend) and my eminent brother (the daredevil doing the birds view drum shots).
Gothique: How does the song writing process go? Do you do it individually or do you just get together and jam until you come up with something good?
Nitrous: Fortunately Cosmo has got a studio and so far all material has been going through there. He represents the most of the song writing as well. I and Titan jam now and again, which last time resulted in "The Rebellion".
deathbringer: Are you looking forward to playing the Hammerslag Vinterblot festival in a few weeks?
Nitrous: Yeah. We've wanted to play Tønsberg for some time and it will be great to play there as part of the festival. We'll be sure to kick back and knock down a few (read as: a lot of) cold ones after the show.
Gothique: What does the future hold for Mindgrinder? Are you currently working on new material?
Nitrous: We're working with booking more shows for early 2006 as well as trying to land some festivals next summer. We've got some new material, but have been to busy doing live shows to get 'round doing anything with them. We intend to roll through Europe some time in the spring as well, and will hopefully have a preproduction of the next album by summer time. The plan is to have it released next autumn.
Gothique: Thank you for doing this interview. Any last words to our readers?
Nitrous: Listen to your friend at Metalunderground, [Gothique], and buy "Riot Detonator", it's a must have! Hope to see some of you on the road soon. You're all welcome to enjoy a few tracks and our video at MindGrinder.com Cheers!
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