Band

Photo: Svein Finneide // www.sffoto.no

Photo: Svein Finneide // www.sffoto.no

Mindtech was formed in 2007, by guitar player and songwriter Thor-Axel Eriksen.

After several years in the underground progressive metal band Tritonus (1992-2000), and then some years with no guitar playing at all, the urge for writing metal music came back.

He recruited drummer Ole Devold (Tritonus), bass player Øystein Moe (Tritonus/Ulver/Winds) and keyboard player Lasse Finbråten (Circus Maximus). A few songs were written and a 3 track demo was released (under the moniker “Beyond Flames”).

2008 marked the live debut of the band, now called Mindtech, with the addition of guitar player (and ex pro boxer) Thomas Hansvoll. They even landed a support slot for a Volbeat on the rise, at 2 sold-out gigs in Oslo.

Mindtech then started to work on their debut album — a process that seemed to take forever — and at some point was even put on hold indefinitely!

However with the entrance of a new guitar player, Marius Belseth, in 2010, the spark was suddenly back, and they started the work on finishing the album “Elements of Warfare”.

October 11th 2013 was the debut album’s release date, but their concert at the release party marked the end of singer Aslak Johnsen’s era in the band. He was only supposed to lay down vocals on demo versions of the songs, but ended up doing the full album.

So, with an album released, and a whole lot of great reviews, the band had no singer! This meant that 2014 was used for writing new material and finding a new singer to fill Aslak’s position.

They debuted a new line up March 2015, did a few gigs, but found that they had not landed the formula they wanted. So back to square one…

Via Withem guitar player Øyvind V.Larsen, they got in touch with a fantastic young guy, Mathias Molund Indergård, a great singer with a versatile musical background, who’d had vocal duties in tribute bands like Painkiller (Judas Priest) and Maiden Norway (Iron Maiden). He fit the band perfectly for the new musical direction the band had set out on with the new material. The work on finishing songs for a EP started immediately, and the first single, “Lost In A Dream,” was released digitally September 1st 2015. The EP is due for release late October 2015.

Autumn 2015 also brings Mindtech on the road. A small Norwegian tour with Triosphere is scheduled, and 2016 has some exciting touring plans and will see the release of EP no. 2!

 

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