Burned Mind - Wolf Eyes
Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. It's crisper and clearer, but simultaneously thicker and murkier than before. The album isn't just dense, it's bloated—in the very best sense of the word.
  2. What need for artless posturing and sloganeering when you have music so powerful, so ugly, so revolting, so incredible?
  3. 90
    A masterpiece of controlled electronic violence. [Nov 2004, p.102]
  4. Whether or not you'd want to listen to it more than once depends on your pain threshold, but those 45 minutes will be among the most terrifying of your life, guaranteed. [13 Nov 2004, p.56]
  5. Burned Mind, better than any recent album I can think of, betrays music's implied purpose of providing an enjoyable aural experience, while at the same time being psychologically compelling and richly imagistic enough to invite repeat listens.
  6. Burned Mind isn't just Wolf Eyes' most cohesive album, it's also their most accessible.
  7. ‘Burned Mind’ isn’t music; it’s a vision of a decimated future.
  8. Burned Mind contains some of the heaviest moments on record that I've ever heard.
  9. If the sound of being eaten alive is something you would like to hear, by all means, shake a leg to Burned Mind.
  10. The entire panoply of sounds from past recordings is brought to the forefront and depleted prejudicially. Sonic serpent rattle, centrifugal drones, cottony flashes and fizzes, dog-whistle squelch, electronic hives freed of their bees – the whole lot's here, and it's incrementally larger and more agitated than prior show-'n'-tell sessions.
  11. For such a tortured swarm of piercing feedback-drenched feedback and electronically-manipulated electronic manipulations, this record feels surprisingly coherent, almost to the point that it’s comforting.
  12. After establishing its grim M.O., the album settles into a mesmerizing set that scours the edge it leaps over so unhaltingly.
  13. A genuine sense of danger and trepidation stalks through these tracks. [#249, p.63]
  14. 66
    A disturbingly precise evocation of its barbarian time. [#12, p.105]
  15. Take[s] their haunted-house shtick to frightening extremes.
  16. 60
    Revels in its own thudding nastiness but brings few new ideas to the table. [Dec 2004, p.138]
  17. Exists in the blurry middle ground that separates provocative experimental art from utter nonsense. [Nov 2004, p.130]
  18. Imagine Grand Funk Railroad mainlining Metal Machine Music and you're halfway there.
  19. Like Merzbow jamming with a broken dishwasher through a short-wave radio. [Nov 2004, p.146]
  20. If you peel away the pretense, there's actually a fascinating album at work here.
  21. Every track is a pure battle, with searing bursts of abrasion chopping at lava flows of insane density.
  22. With a few exceptions, Burned Mind's slicing guitars and damaging synths are too random and jolting to allow the listener to really engage the music and draw from it what ferocity has gone into its creation.
  23. I simply can't imagine a time when I'd put this disc on for pleasure listening, but considering Halloween is coming up, Burned Mind is the perfect thing if you want to scare the bejeebus out of the neighborhood children.
  24. Sets a new bar for self-consciously unlikeable indie rock.
  25. This is astonishingly horrible and completely unlistenable. [#7]
User Score
6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Nick
    Sep 12, 2006
    5
    This is actually pretty weak as far as noise goes in my opinion. I just don't like the textures they bring to the table. I would This is actually pretty weak as far as noise goes in my opinion. I just don't like the textures they bring to the table. I would recommend Prurient, Mouthus, Double Leopards or Birchville Cat Motel. Wolf Eyes aren't that great. I don't know what the deal is. Full Review »
  2. s.roberts
    Mar 31, 2005
    8
    evil, cold. extremly primitive, in a very good way. i love how every one who has something against this band is like "i could do this with a evil, cold. extremly primitive, in a very good way. i love how every one who has something against this band is like "i could do this with a synth and a guitar!"...no, you couldn't, and niether could anyone else you know Full Review »
  3. ScissorShock
    Mar 4, 2005
    9
    Really good. In a lot of ways, life-changing. My advice is to just put on headphones, turn this up, and soak up the sound.