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|Released||August 4, 2009|
|Genre||Post-grunge, alternative metal|
|Label||Silent Majority Group|
|Singles from Mind Control|
Mind Control is the fourth album by American rock band Tantric, released on August 4, 2009. It is the band's second album under Silent Majority Group and was produced by Brett Hestla, marking Tantric's departure from mainstay producer Toby Wright. Mind Control retains the band's 2008 lineup with the exception of drummer Kevin Miller who was replaced by Richie Monica.
On March 9, 2009 via MySpace, Tantric announced that they were recording a new album entitled Mind Control. The band's fourth album would be produced by Brett Hestla, former touring bassist for Creed, and initially given a July 21 release date.
Singer Hugo Ferreira noted that Mind Control was more collaborative than previous releases and called it "really, really heavy for Tantric, twice as heavy as the last record at least." However, as all Tantric band members live in different cities across the United States, Mind Control was written piecemeal. The band would send each other compositions via email for others to build on. In an interview with The Flint Journal, Hugo Ferreira discussed the album's production:
Ferreira also elaborated on performing for the US military in Korea and the meaning behind Mind Control and its title track:
Within a few months of sharing and developing songs separately, the bandmates had written nearly thirty songs. They finally reconvened for one week in a secluded studio in Poconos to perform the songs together and refine them. Bassist Erik Leonhardt explained how the album developed further with the band together:
With Mind Control having been released merely a year after Tantric's prior album, Ferreira justified the hastiness by explaining "We had the material written. We didn't want to be off the radar. We were off the radar from 2004-2008 and we didn't want people to have to wait for us. It's already not a very loyal business, so if you're not constantly at it you can be easily forgotten."
The album's title track served as its lead single, being introduced to radio in August. After two weeks, it entered the Top 40 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart. The music video for "Mind Control" was shot in Nashville with director Mason Dixon, who previously directed "Down and Out". It debuted nationwide via MTV2's Unleashed on August 4.
Tantric's first tour for Mind Control was scheduled from August to September 2009 with guests Aranda and Vayden.
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Mind Control gained largely positive feedback from critics. Michael Mueller of Guitar Edge gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars. Praising guitarist Joe Pessia's acoustic performances on "The Past Is the Past" and "What are You Waiting For", he declared that one of the two "is almost certain to be a radio smash." Mueller also considered the song "Let's Start" "Rob Zombie meets Alice in Chains with an E-Bow. However, there is no E-BOW used on the album. Tantric has an actual violin player in the band. "
All lyrics written by Hugo Ferreira.
|2.||"Fall to the Ground"||3:20|
|5.||"The Past Is the Past"||3:24|
|10.||"What Are You Waiting For"||3:20|
|13.||"Kick Back" (Obama Mix)||3:08|
|14.||"Desert Me" (Acoustic)||2:42|