WANDERER: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Mind Leash” Animated Video; Minnesota Hardcore/Grind Quartet To Release Liberation From A Brutalist Existence Debut LP This Month

photos by Andy Wilcox

Minneapolis-based metallic hardcore/grindcore outfit WANDERER will release their debut album, Liberation From A Brutalist Existence, in just over two weeks. With the record’s unveiling closing in, the band presents an animated video for the succinct “Mind Leash” through an exclusive premiere hosted by Decibel Magazine.

WANDERER is extremely excited to finally release a record that saw many delays due to the global pandemic. Delivering ten caustic tracks in just over twenty-three minutes, the lyrics discuss topics such as escapism, suicide, self-reflection, the concept of beauty, and existential trauma.

Liberation From A Brutalist Existence was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording (Sunless, Blue Ox, Void Omnia) with additional vocal tracking by Jeff Nicholas. The front cover artwork was created by Azeta Azadpour and the back cover art by Caleb Butcher, and the layout/design was handled by Morgan Carpenter. The record also features guest vocals from Sanjeev Mishra on “Marionette,” Mollie Piatetsky on “Simone,” and former vocalist Brandon Carrigan on “Contented,” as well as producer Adam Tucker providing auxiliary percussion on “Simone.”

The “Mind Leash” video was hand-drawn and animated by Cory Peak. Writes WANDERER bassist Jack Carlson, “This is the shortest track on the record, and definitely one of our favorites to play. As for the video, we’ve known Cory from Closet Witch for years and have always liked his work. His style of animation combined with a short burst of blastbeats and fast riffs made the most sense to us, so we asked him to put this video together and it came out great.”

Decibel writes, “If you only spend one minute of your day listening to new music today, let it be ‘Mind Leash,’ a new, fifty-three-second banger from WANDERER. Hailing from Minneapolis and taking their cues from bands like Converge, Trap Them and The Chariot, WANDERER‘s ‘Mind Leash’ captures the insanity of the aforementioned bands and spikes it with a dose of grinding madness.”

Watch WANDERER’s “Mind Leash” video first at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Liberation From A Brutalist Existence will see release on June 18th on LP through Entelodon Records, on cassette via Bad Mouth Recordings, and digitally through the band. Find preorders HERE and see the previously issued videos for “Marionette” HERE and “Contented” HERE.

Formed in late 2013, WANDERER deploys a caustic blend of d-beat-inspired hardcore/grind, drawing influences from bands like Converge, Cursed, The Chariot, Trap Them, Baptists, and Yautja, among others, the band creates a maelstrom of heavy, agile, and uncompromising metal/hardcore. Having toured the US in support of their previous four EPs including 2016’s Gloom Daze, released by Tilde Records, as well as having opened for bands such as The Body, Birds In Row, and Power Trip, WANDERER released five new songs in the form of an EP, Abandoned, in 2018. After more touring throughout the US and playing shows with Vein, Full Of Hell, Harvest, and more, as well as a Midwest run with Closet Witch, the band entered the studio in August of 2019 to record their debut full-length album with new vocalist Dan Lee.