Blindead
Absence


4.0
excellent

Review

by Drew Tyler USER (68 Reviews)
January 18th, 2014 | 12 replies | 2,148 views


Release Date: 10/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Intricacy and creativity abound as Polish metal band Blindead produce an album that will captivate progressive enthusiasts universally.

Hailing from Poland and playing decidedly progressive and dark metal, Blindead are one of those rare bands that craft complex and dynamic material, yet often go unnoticed within the overcrowded prog metal scene. They try to distance themselves from the rest of the pack by shedding some of the traditional song structures so often overdone in metal, in favor of a captivating style that is both complex and unique.

On Absence, emphasis is placed on all instruments, rather than solely on the guitars. The guitar play certainly does stand out when it needs to but does so in a subtle way, providing melodic and clear themes that the rest of the band can build upon, as this is a band that truly fires on all cylinders when each instrument works in tandem to give the listener a complex and dynamic sound. Surprisingly enough, riffing is not top priority here, guitar play on Absence is all about setting a mood, painting an emotional picture for the listener, developing the kind of dark and brooding atmosphere that many would refer to as doom. Subject matter on the album tackles various foreboding feelings such as hopelessness and death, and yet the band still finds a way to make the music alluring and strong.

The rhythm section stands very prominently next to the guitars, with extremely audible and infectiously grooving bass lines accompanied by a well rounded and creative drum performance, and to top it all off we are given a very strong vocal performance. The vocalist shows good range with a powerful and clear voice, and he can also shout in an aggressive manner when the music calls for it. The Music on Absence is primarily played within a mid to slow tempo, with only one song entitled S1 showing some slight speed. This is not to say that the album chugs along at a crawl though, as there are many twists and turns that will surprise and hold the interest of the listener.

At just under sixty minutes, Absence might be a lot to swallow for first time listeners. The material may take several listens to fully appreciate, but such is the case with most conceptual and progressive albums. Be prepared for the album to grow and make more sense with each subsequent listen, and try not to analyze it to thoroughly upon your first experience with it. Absence will all make sense in due time.



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ThrashTillDeath94
January 18th 2014


594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Some tracks from the album:

The Single, s1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekmOvpoulMM

One of my favorites, n4:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1MTnG0IWyY

One of the lighter songs, e2:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydC6JevT2lE


Shuyin
January 18th 2014


11602 Comments


really dug this album, specially the last track

'and he can also shout it an aggressive manner when the music calls for it'

in an, nicely written review tho

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ThrashTillDeath94
January 18th 2014


594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for reading, fixed the error.

ThrashTillDeath94
January 19th 2014


594 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The band's last album was fairly popular on this site a couple years back. Not so much anymore I suppose. This is going unnoticed.

cb123
January 19th 2014


2016 Comments


ill be checking this out for sure whenever i can get around to it amongst the long list of others in my to-do list

icatchthirtythree
January 19th 2014


319 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Although I think I prefer Affliction, this one is awesome as well.

TheBarber
January 19th 2014


1963 Comments


Not sure about the approach they took for this album but I still can't belive this band/album is going so unnoticed after affliction

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robotore
January 25th 2014


11 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Affliction is one of my favorite albums of all time, I can't believe I had no idea this was coming out

TheBarber
January 25th 2014


1963 Comments


Yeah the distribution was really poor, no publicity at all

CrimsonLies
March 22nd 2014


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as good as their previous but still rules.

Needs more attention

Shuyin
April 5th 2014


11602 Comments


really enjoyable album, but somehow i feel like somethings missing here.

anyway, i really like Nicks singing here

CrimsonLies
April 6th 2014


2021 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Agreed man. This is a good record, I like the style they're going for but the album feels unfulfilled. It's lacking substance



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