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Insomnia Reviews

August 21st, 2010 | Category: Mastermind,music,News,reviews

Now the Insomnia album has been out for six months, a lot of nice reviews have come in. We’re very pleased by the latest from Exposé Magazine, one of the original prog-rock magazines printed on real paper… “this is Mastermind’s best album to date. – Peter Thelen” Very cool! Thank you Peter. More review links can be found on our review page and thanks also to the many journalists & critics who have taken the time to write a thoughtful review.

Also, many thanks to everyone who has purchased a copy (something special in this day and age)! We know for a fact Peter actually purchased his copy for this wonderful review, and we suspect (have been told) some of the less than kind reviews are based on Lion Music not giving out free CD’s for review – only digital downloads – which really annoys some reviewers accustomed to getting free stuff (and quite often reselling it ebay). Hey, it’s a digital age.

In any case, we thank you all for listening and for those who haven’t purchased their CD yet please visit our online store to get yours. Reviewers interested in obtaining a digital copy for review, please contact Thanks!

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Berends Bros / Mastermind Newsletter July 30, 2010

July 30th, 2010 | Category: internet,Mastermind,News

Greetings folks! Some updates from the Berends/Mastermind camp…

First off, a reminder The Berends Bros Band is playing at The Country Lakes Pub (NJ) Sat. July 31, we hope to see some locals there. This is a 3 set gig so we’re playing a wide variety of material. At the last Berends Bros gig we played some old Mastermind trio material, but quite honestly, it tends to clear room of average folk… so if enough Mastermind enthusiasts show up we could whip some out. Otherwise lots of vintage rock with plenty of new material added to the set list.

Sat. July 31, 2010 – Country Lakes Pub – Browns Mills, NJ
558 Lakehurst Road, Browns Mills, NJ – 9pm to 1am, 3 sets, 21+, no cover
For map link visit –

There are some new BB/MM interviews posted talking about music, Mastermind & more. These may give you some insight into what is going on and what is coming in the future. For links visit

In MASTERMIND news, the INSOMNIA album has been fairly well received with lots of nice reviews (and a few clunkers-can’t please everyone). We hope you have purchased your copy! Visit to order. Also available on iTunes,, and

We have reached out to some of our prog rock contacts to inquire about possible Mastermind live shows, but the responses have been slow in coming. If you would like to see future Mastermind shows, reach out to some of these festivals and promoters and let them know you would like to see Mastermind live!

A technical update: our website “” will be changing hosts in the coming weeks, so if the site goes missing or domain mail bounces, never fear, it will reappear. In the interim use “” to get in touch and bookmark for news, links & updates. Thanks.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and we hope to see you soon!

Bill c/o Berends Bros & Mastermind

ps: more new music is on the way.

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Back catalog downloads

April 11th, 2010 | Category: downloads,Mastermind,music,News

We’ve added a few more albums to our page at for your listening pleasure. These early albums are getting harder to find on CD, so we hope to make the music more readily available to anyone who is interested. You can stream full albums online (free) and purchase downloads in any format (mp3, ACC, ogg, FLAC, Apple Lossless) for one low price.

Go have a listen!

All album downloads include printable PDF covers.

* all titles are also available at – please note that Mindawn and Bandcamp are the ONLY authorized sites to download these back catalog titles.

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April 07th, 2010 | Category: Mastermind,music,video

Found this clip from Insomnia cruising youtube. We hope you enjoy it…

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“Broken” wins listeners poll! New interview.

March 13th, 2010 | Category: interviews,Mastermind,music,News

“Broken” has won The EKR Listeners Poll for the favourite EKR A-List track for the week commencing 08/03/2010″ — (UK)  Excellent… we’re number one! (poll link)

Also a new interview with Bill Berends online at Virtuosity One (UK)

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Insomnia rotation airplay in the UK

March 06th, 2010 | Category: Mastermind,music,News

Insomnia track “Broken” added to steady rotation playlist in the UK –European Klassik Rock

Nice. To quote the Dutch Progressive Rock Page… “It could easily become a major hit!”

We think so!

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A video message…

March 04th, 2010 | Category: Mastermind,music,News,video

“Mastermind has accomplished what few bands can – a diverse album with an array of influence from blues to metal to prog and back again. Each track here stands by itself, however this album should be listened to in one sitting. The flow of music and the impressive composition are amazing; one listen and you are hooked.” — Unstoppable Force (USA)

Get your copy today!

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Insomnia album now shipping!!

February 19th, 2010 | Category: Mastermind,music,News

It’s been a long time coming, but the new Insomnia album is now shipping to the general public! You can order a copy directly from the Mastermind Store or follow the links found there to distributors in your part of the world. Go have a look.

Lots of nice reviews are starting to come in too! Considering how long it took to get this album released it is somewhat vindicating to see these, supporting our own stubborn belief that we still have something to offer. Guitarist Bill Berends gives an in-depth interview on the Imhotep website discussing the album, the band, and various other topics posed.

We’ve posted an album sampler on our myspace page to give you a taste. There are two full tracks from the album to be found there as well. Once again we’ll mention that journalists, reviewers, DJ’s, etc interested in obtaining a promo copy of the album, or to arrange an interview, please contact “promo (at)”

Thanks to everyone who has already ordered! The first wave of discs were mailed out today, but we still have a lot of work to do to get the word out… so shoot your mouths off and let people know! We are all grateful for your interest in the band and your continuing support. Stop back often for updates, there is more activity to come in the near future!

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Now taking orders for the INSOMNIA album!

February 12th, 2010 | Category: Mastermind,music,News

We are now accepting orders for our new Insomnia album. The discs have been shipped and should arrive any day now. The official release date is Feb. 19th, 2010 and we should be able to ship on that day. If not, we will ship as close to that date as is humanly possible.

Visit the Mastermind Store now and order yours today!

For folks in the UK, Europe, & elsewhere, we have provided a few other links for your ordering convenience as well. We should have some info on Japan soon. The album will also be on iTunes shortly, just look up Lion Music there. Thanks!

More reviews and other info coming soon.

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Insomnia reviews

January 27th, 2010 | Category: Mastermind,music,News,reviews

Mastermind - Insomnia

The first Insomnia review is in and it is a good one! We hope this indicative of how everyone will receive the album, but for the moment this is a wonderful way to get things rolling. The album release date is February 19th, 2010 from Lion Music (Finland).

For those too lazy to click…

“some of the most original and innovative music the world needs to hear”


As mentioned below, reviewers, journalists, DJ’s etc. wishing to get an advance copy of the album for review, please contact “promo (at)” for information. Thanks.

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