Mindstorm is the rock vision of vocalist Travis Mitchell. The group is in essence the Canadian equivalent of Kingdom Come or Katmandu. Employing Al Rodgers (guitar), Bruce Moffet (drums), Russ Boswell (bass) and Gary Moffet (keyboards), the songs are immaculately constructed and delivered with aplomb. However, their credibility and creativity is compromised through the overwhelming sense of déja vu their recordings invoke. With monstrously aching riffs and thunderous drumming, Mindstorm careers along a well-worn rock ‘n’ roll path, with only the occasional musical detour. These include Eastern influences, simple acoustic bridges and brooding power ballads.
Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world without a state. Spread across four Middle Eastern countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, and Turkey, Kurds been fighting for independence and international recognition for decades. The conflicts in Iraq and Syria have given them new opportunities to achieve their goals - by fighting back against Islamic State forces, and setting up autonomous regions. The Kurds have been trying to establish an independent state since the end of World War I - but the countries where they live, particularly Iraq and Turkey, have often resorted to brutal measures to suppress the Kurds' ethnic identity. But times are changing in the Middle East.