Disruptive Minds are an Alternative Rock band from Germany’s Ruhr area. Founded near Dortmund in 2004 by five friends – Tim: bass, Kol]a: vocals, Jens: guitar, Ph1L: drums and PeMo: guitar – who started to make music which the band calls “Punge Rock” and that is heavily influenced by 90’s alternative music like Green Day, Blink 182, Nirvana or Rise Against.
Disruptive Minds recently released their 11-track album entitled “Emetic”. The album is awesome. The first time I heard it, the headphones just about exploded with all the energy that was coming out of them. Whoever said that in order for something to be catchy, it has to be cliché, obviously hasn’t heard this album yet. Every song hooks you, and unlike most new rock bands, the hook isn’t cheesy, overdone, or stolen from someone else. “Emetic” blends the best of the old with the best of the new, giving rockers a delightful album to rock out to.
After one listen to this album, few would doubt the songwriting ability of Disruptive Minds. The pure adrenaline-soaked punk stomper “In Despair” opens the album. A change of tempo brings in the bristling “A Fault In The Stars” which has a tender verse wrapped around a monster-sized riff. “Haunted Life” and “Tell Me” are emotional roller-coasters that switch between soft and loud soundscapes, making this one of the most varied and engaging alternative rock albums currently available.
The highlights of this monumental collection of songs are the soaring “All I Ever” and the haunting piano-driven “Lost & Found”, which combines a low-key melody with an epic chorus and intelligent, emotional lyrics, which make it a truly beautiful love song. “As The Night Falls” is an interesting track, using melody twists and arrangements which commute between rock and a softer place. “Cease To Exist” is an upbeat rocker with a ferocious lyrical delivery and smashing drums. “Stop The Noise” brushes along the sides of fiery rock and power punk, showcasing a superb mix time changes indeed. “Braver Than Fear” is another very well composed rocker, with awesome machine-gun drums.
Moving from flat out melodic tunes to pummeling rock riffs, there’s something for everyone on this album, which would normally prove to be a handicap for less capable bands. Not so for Disruptive Minds, who move from brain-melting overdrive to pop punk furor with ease. One of the best aspects of this album is its balance, as it transitions from loud to soft and back again. The other is without a doubt the vocal prowess of Kol]a, whose voice weaves each and every song into a superior listening experience.
It’s not often an album this special comes along, and no self-respecting fan of the genre should be without it!