"...Blending old with new, they have essentially taken an element of classic hard rock and transported it into the heavier arena of modern metal..."
DIGITAL SEPARATION (4:05)
Length: 52:44 (min:secs)
This is the debut album from Berkshire band Blind To, who were formed back in 2001. Over the last three years they have managed to win a number of Battle of the Bands competitions (both regionally and nationally) and very much with the DIY ethic, have funded, recorded and even designed the artwork for the album.
Here are 13 songs that are powerful and aggressive but are nearly always bordering on or containing some factor of melody. Sometimes there is a sombre and almost melancholy feel to the songs, shedding an emotional edge to the ambience, particularly in a song such as “Legna”, while others unveil grievance like “Sorry”. There are some nicely located and well judged guitar solos adding to that atmosphere and they are not adverse to using keyboards to affect the mood. The vocals vary from full-on antagonistic shouting, through occasional and well placed raps through to heartfelt melodic singing. They chop and change throughout the album and are normally well placed, and often resonate a feel of despondency.
“USNRA” takes a more thrash meets hardcore approach and “At War” is pure downtuned heaviness, venting out and out anger and aggression which is befitting of the subject. “Flex” ebbs and flows and builds into a powerful and mature sounding song with an explosive, abrupt and poignant ending. Finally, “Tease” is a nice emotionally charged acoustic number that completes the album perfectly.
So, we have a well balanced album from a band that shows tremendous maturity in their song writing. Blending old with new, they have essentially taken an element of classic hard rock and transported it into the heavier arena of modern metal. That combined with socially aware lyrics - which bring real life issues into discussion - the end result is something that holds the attention and grows more after every listen.
(4th January, 2006)