One of the regular readers of this blog recently asked me if I had the Evolve/Mindwar split, and I do, so here it is. This split 7" was released in 1993 on Round Two Records. Evolve and Mindwar were both CT HC bands, and both bands tried to take a more mid-tempo approach to their sound with introspective and personal lyrics. Mindwar tried to do this with more indie-ish influences but they hadn't quite gotten their sound yet, they lack power. They would be better later on, as the video at the end of this post proves. Evolve had a more refined take on mid-tempo 90s hardcore, similar to bands like Atlas Shrugged, and they are the clear winner on this split 7" for me, they're damn good. But unfortunately I don't know what other records they did, besides the fact that their side of this split 7" was re-released on a comp 7" on Hearsay Records, which also includes a song from the Groundwork CT 7" I posted here. To make it even more crazy, Mindwar's side of this split 7" and the other song from the Groundwork CT 7" would also be re-released as a split 7" by Hearsay Records! In 1994 Mindwar signed a deal with XNO Records out of Germany, and they did a self-titled MCD and a CD called 'Degeneration' with them, as well as several European tours. I don't have these Mindwar releases but am looking to acquire them, and will post them when I do. Members of both bands went on to bands like Council Of Five Nations, Thinner, High On Fire and Below The Sound.
Here's the opening track of Mindwar's 'Degeneration' CD, which sound a lot better than the songs from this 7" I have to say:
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