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287. Mindwarp – Brainchild (Circle of Dust)

MINDWARP (1994)

Brainchild (Circle of Dust)

Originally released under the artist name of Brainchild, Mindwarp was soon after re-released under the more popular moniker of Circle of Dust. The change came about as the result of both a marketing decision and a contractual one. Circle of Dust had built a name with their first self-title debut. This would not be the first such change as many spin-offs of the original band created projects under the name Klank, Argyle Park and others.

Combining industrial, metal, techno and thrash styles to create a style both original and immediately appealing for fans of the genre. Vocals are guttural growls and high pitched screams. Fans of Mortal, Cahtterbox, Nine Inch Nails and Deitiphobia will find quite a bit to like here. In fact it remains a classic in the genre and considered one of the best metal/hard music albums in CCM history.

Themes, like many from this genre, are dark and controversial for the CCM industry. Images of death and pain are common and commonly misunderstood. Many apocalyptic images consume the content and this, mixed with an avoidance of common Christian vernacular made many assume the band was not “Christian” enough. They missed the point!

What is here, though, is a great collection of very aggressive, progressive and stimulating industrial rock with phenomenal arrangements, diverse instrumentation, creative sampling and stellar performances.

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  1. paul lee
    November 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    This is a great album from a great artist. Scott Albert, with his earlier works, is one of my favorite artists. You mentioned “Algyle Park”, that album is one of my all time favorites and I would place it easily in the top ten. And this is coming from a DA and 77’s fan. I don’t care for the direction Scott has gone with Celldweller but his influence on the Christian industrial scene was huge.

  2. Roy Fredrickson
    November 29, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I didn’t even know there WAS a Christian industrial scene. I just listened to the album for the first time and was blown away! How did I not hear about this band before?

    You mention Nine Inch Nails and I get that, but I could have sworn I was listening to a lost Ministry album. This would have fit right in at the indusrial/alternative dance nightclubs of the late ’80s/early ’90s alongside the likes of Ministry, Nitzer Ebb, Front 242 and, to a lesser extent, I hear a lot of Rob Zombie.

    Great album. Thanks for including it in your countdown. I will be listening to it a lot (and loudly).

    • low5point
      November 30, 2010 at 12:12 am

      Oddly enough there really was a decent amount of industrial Christian music. Mortal, Klank, Regeneration, Alexia, Circle of Dust, Deitiphobia, Chatterbox and a few more. Mortal will appear later and is closer to the NiN style with more melodic and atmospheric production and not as “noisy” or heavy, but stellar songs and killer production.

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