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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RELAPSE RECORDS
  • ASIN: B000M7G0VO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,018 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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minsk are an american band named after the capital of belarus,they describe themselves as psychadelic metal and one magazine described them as acid metal which is a new subgenre in my eyes,either description does the band no harm in truth.
The album contains 6 tracks and smashes the clock with a running time of just a minute shy of a hour,so this is big stuff here,epic is the word and you need to be in the frame of mind to take all this in,those of a weak disposition may have stopped reading now,fair enough,those still with me could be making a wise choice.
What you get in those six tracks is 4 tracks with singing and two instrumentals,the four vocal tracks run to lengths of 13 minutes,14 minutes and 15 minutes or so,and the other clocks in at just over 5 and the two instrumentals are about that as well,they are simple instrumentals in truth but they work.
The vocal tracks are something else,spacey and unhinged,bongos are used in places along with synths and keyboards and dreamy guitars which are then used to tear your face off with mastodon sized riffing that is classy and catchy in equal measures.
Vocalsist chris bennett has a very glen danzig style of singing and shouting,i loved that,he is never screaming like a man possessed but has controlled bursts that fit in with the swirling and epic boundries of the music,awe inspiring for sure and one of 2007s finest examples of epic,if you smile when you think of neurosis,isis,and mastodon but with just that little bit of individulity laced in then this could be the band you have waited for.
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Minsk are a band that cannot go without recognition. Their sound is simply too big to miss. Another thing that would appear to follow this band around is comparison. I suppose it's nothing new for a band of this nature to be compared with bands that have come before it, though it's probably unfair and unjust a lot of the time. Minsk do not try to imitate anyone in any way, shape or form. They go about their business and do not worry about what anyone else is doing.

Minsk's individuality in a scene that is perhaps known for sounding quite similar throughout it's divisions is quite perplexing in a way. It's quite some talent for a band to be able to produce a sound that carves out elements of a number of genres and mix them all together. Minsk have that ability. They take elements of progressive, sludge and perhaps even post-rock, a genre which has grown massively in stature recently. Minsk aren't exactly a typical doom metal outfit, so if you're expecting traditional doom, you're going to be in for a disappointment. Minsk may not sound like a traditional doom metal act, but their behemothic breakdowns let everyone who is anyone know this bad boy of doom is just that, a doom outfit.

Whereas doom metal bands generally tend to focus their energies on low rhythmic soundwaves, Minsk prefer to mix it up a little. Low grooves and fast flowing melodies. Minsk aren't afraid to experiment with the genre. They like to keep things sounding fresh, this definitely appeals to a wider audience, which in itself could make it an instant hit amongst fans and those who are looking to become fans. 'The Ritual Fires of Abandonment' shows a significant amount of progression from the first full-length, 'Burning'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes boring, occasionally mesmerizing. 17 Oct. 2009
By Pharaoh - Published on Amazon.com
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Minsk take their name from a city in Belarus. How fitting. There's something old and arcane on display here, Minsk following in Neurosis tank treads' with a primal, paranoid concoction that recalls, I don't know, barefoot villagers setting fire to witches or something. This four-piece already have a well-received debut under their belts, and while I haven't heard that one, The Ritual Fires of Abandonment are all them about them finding a groove and sitting in it. You know you're in for a rough time when the first track is 14 minutes long, doesn't get going until 4:30, and ends with a piano. Good lord. I was almost afraid to go on to the next song. Minsk DO have a second gear, of course, which is all tribal drums and voice-of-god vocals, and of course those all-important guitars smothering everything in their path. And when they REALLY get going I feel like hiding under the bed. Very Neurosis-like in their ability to coddle you and then beat you senseless. Occult doom metal shamanism? That's the closest I can get to describing this thing. Be patient and you may be rewarded.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pummeling towards transcendance 2 May 2007
By T. Lemos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I would characterize the style Minsk present here as psychedelic doom metal. I am unfamiliar with Minsk's creatively titled and much-liked debut, so I can not compare this album with that one, but what you find here are long, meandering songs that build to tumultuous crescendi, neo-tribalist drumming, reverb drenched riffage, spacey keyboards, and vocals that occupy an agreeable point of intersection between hardcore, death-doom, and Glen Danzig (at his screamiest). I think some might too quickly tout Minsk's odd stylings as unique, but in actuality they do not stray so far from the path tread earlier by the Australian group Alchemist. I would say, however, that Minsk's version of that sound is superior to Alchemist's Organasm CD and more powerful and metallic (and less groovy) than Austral Alien. (Neurosis is of course a point of comparison, as well, but I think that group retained more of a hardcore influence than you find here.) Overall, Minsk's latest is perhaps the fullest, most well-developed psychedilia-infused doom album I've ever heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars better then the new neurosis 7 April 2007
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
this is definitly one of the best cds to come out of the yeah. They remind me a lot of through silver and blood era neurosis. Fans of neurosis, isis and the like should pick this up. One of the best cds of the year
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