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Crusty metallic hardcore from up close – minus.mensch perform live for Audiotree Sessions

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In the wake of the recent unveiling of their ferocious EP “Death Cult,” the formidable ensemble known as minus.mensch has graciously shared a performance captured during their Audiotree Sessions. This captivating live visual offering has been embraced within the prestigious Audiotree Worldwide category, bestowing upon them the distinct honor of being the inaugural Estonian band to grace the Audiotree YouTube channel.

Hailing from the historic city of Tallinn, minus.mensch was birthed amidst the frigid winter of 2017. Presently, they have ascended to the upper echelons of the Estonian and Baltic musical landscape, revered as one of the most unrelenting and sonically imposing collectives in the region.

The band’s artistic musings are deeply influenced by the Swedish sound of the fabled Boss HM-2, as well as bands of esteemed stature such as Trap Them, Baptists, and Cult Leader. Moreover, they draw inspiration from the seminal debut long-playing album of the enigmatic German dark hardcore outfit, Alpinist.

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The conception of capturing the visual performance can be attributed to the band’s drummer and founder, Alex, who has been an ardent subscriber and observer of the channel since 2017. Over the years, he has gleaned a plethora of exceptional bands to enrich his personal playlist, such as the influential “portrayal of guilt.” This particular ensemble has left an indelible mark on both his musical compositions and lyrical expressions, a testament to which is evident in certain passages of their latest extended play, “Death Cult.”

Moreover, Alex has meticulously perused various bands from the platform, including Yautja, Cult Leader, Oathbreaker, and, eventually nurturing the aspiration to one day be featured on the esteemed channel.

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minus mensch

The filming, editing, and mixing of the video were expertly executed by their close friend, Vitaly Ball. A consummate professional in the realm of videography, Vitaly is known for his ability to create awe-inspiring visuals, as well as his amiable and composed demeanor during the creative process. Utilizing the “Black Magic” camera, he was able to capture an impeccable image quality and color palette that enhanced the visual experience.

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The recording process was facilitated by their esteemed acquaintance, Pjotr Latõshev, who also serves as a sound engineer in their city. Pjotr’s experience includes working alongside various prominent bands that grace the local stage, and he had previously lent his expertise to the recording of the band’s latest EP.

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minus mensch

Audiotree’s ethos fosters a sense of artistic autonomy, granting musicians the latitude to express their passion without being encumbered by stringent or explicit requirements. This openness and flexibility exhibited by the Audiotree team is a trait for which the band is profoundly appreciative.

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