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Now Hear This: Kind | Mental Nudge

I'm getting caught up on the good albums that have come out lately. Like this one.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Kind, the stoner/psych/doom supergroup from Boston, are back with their second full-length Mental Nudge. Featuring members Matt Couto (ex-Elder), Tom Corino (ex-Rozamov), Craig Riggs (Roadsaw) and Darryl Shepard (ex-Black Pyramid), Kind formed in 2013 and released their debut album Rocket Science in the waning days of 2015. That album garnered favorable reviews across the board.

After entering the studio a couple of times in the intervening years to demo new material, Kind booked time at the venerable Mad Oak Studios in January 2020 with Alec Rodriguez (Lesser Glow, Forn, Chelsea Wolfe live sound) behind the boards once again to track Mental Nudge. Staying true to their sound but expanding their sonic palette at the same time, Kind crafted seven songs that cover the aural spectrum, from the indie-rock influenced Helms to the full-on doom of Trigger Happy to the rock bombast of Broken Tweaker. Rodriguez once again deftly managed to capture the interplay between the instruments and the powerful vocals of Riggs, resulting in a clear yet heavy recording of the new material.

Once the recording was complete, it was time for renowned artist Alexander von Wieding to work his magic and create the cover art. Alexander has worked with many heavy rock artists, including most notably Monster Magnet, Karma to Burn and Brant Bjork. He once again delivered some eye-catching art for Mental Nudge, tying up the themes of the songs in a striking visual representation. The record was expertly mastered by Carl Saff at Saff Mastering, providing a powerful final master.”