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Release date: 26 November 2010
Style: Progressive metal, Post-metal

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01. Self-consciousness Is Desire And
02. After 38 Weeks
03. My New Playground Became
04. Dark And Gray
05. So It Feels Like Misunderstanding When
06. All My Hopes And Dreams Turn Into
07. Affliction XXVII II MMIX

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tea[m]ster

Rating:
9.6
Frequent loneliness. Diminished responsiveness. Unwilling interventions. Unforgiving treatments. Symptoms resonating in a child with autism.

That's the daunting task Blindead take on with this vast, 7 song, 45 minute concept album: Describing a young girl's world infected with this mysterious disease. Cleverly done, the song titles form a paragraph warning you just how depressing and despondent this tale will be. Do away with smirks and smiles because this opus is not a joyful piece of work. Hearing a creaking upstairs floor, eerie sounding leaky pipes and mumbled voices in the very first few seconds of the first song portrays a drab basement straight out of a Hitchcock film and signals what's yet to come.

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tea[m]ster - 15.06.2012 at 21:09  
Rating: 9 I am finally giving this a listen. Haunting atmosphere and aura surrounds the music. Fans of post metal, sludge and advantgarde/experimental give this a try.
lord artan - 03.07.2012 at 23:27  
Rating: 10 OMG...it's awesome.wow.for now just yet.it's masterpiecee
Pazdzioch - 07.07.2012 at 16:18  
  Wonderful album, tells the story of a child affected by autism. Noteworthy is also great graphic design. One of the best in my collection.
Pazdzioch - 17.10.2012 at 15:56  
  For those interested:
Roman Przylipiak made a movie based on this concept album called "My Little Bess". Here's trailer...



...no words.
Druss - 17.10.2012 at 16:55  
  ^....kay.

Must check this out sometime, never seen prog and doom slurred together, should be interesting if nothing else.
tea[m]ster - 15.11.2012 at 23:11  
Rating: 9
Written by Pazdzioch on 17.10.2012 at 15:56

For those interested:
Roman Przylipiak made ​​a movie based on this concept album called "My Little Bess". Here's trailer...


Nice find, thanks. This band is quickly becoming one of my favorites. So good, so unnoticed, so unheralded. I found this too:

qlacs - 03.01.2013 at 09:02  
  Self-consciousness Is Desire And After 38 Weeks My New Playground Became Dark And Gray, So It Feels Like Misunderstanding When All My Hopes And Dreams Turn Into Affliction XXVII II MMIX.
Pazdzioch - 20.02.2013 at 02:36  
  Believe me or not people, but this is the best post-metal album ever released (unique as fuck). Rosetta's "Wake - Lift" and CoL's "Salvation" are next closely imho.
tea[m]ster - 17.03.2013 at 20:28  
Rating: 9
Written by Pazdzioch on 20.02.2013 at 02:36

Believe me or not people, but this is the best post-metal album ever released (unique as fuck). Rosetta's "Wake - Lift" and CoL's "Salvation" are next closely imho.


I think this album needs one more vote to qualify for MS top albums for 2010! I think It might be number one!
Pazdzioch - 17.03.2013 at 20:49  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 17.03.2013 at 20:28

I think this album needs one more vote to qualify for MS top albums for 2010! I think It might be number one!

But firstly band's profile must be visible
tea[m]ster - 17.03.2013 at 20:53  
Rating: 9
Written by Pazdzioch on 17.03.2013 at 20:49

But firstly band's profile must be visible


Oh, is that true? I didn't know that! Dammit! I suppose we should get to work on that profile page...
Pazdzioch - 17.03.2013 at 21:01  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 17.03.2013 at 20:53

Oh, is that true? I didn't know that! Dammit! I suppose we should get to work on that profile page...

Profile is fully completed. Now it must be approved by the STAFF member, but when this happens...
Diverge - 30.08.2013 at 08:22  
Rating: 9 Easily one of the best post-metal albums I've heard. Ambitious, well-crafted, and focused, nicely synthesized with melancholic doom elements.
Pazdzioch - 21.01.2014 at 14:11  
  I offer a blowjob in exchange for adding them here!
InnerSelf - 28.01.2014 at 20:37  
Rating: 9 How can something this brilliant be so unknown, Cult of Luna caliber.
Sand - 03.06.2014 at 22:41  
  29.2.1906
Pazdzioch - 04.06.2014 at 00:13  
  29/02/1996

I think it's the main character's birth date.
Sand - 18.06.2014 at 19:24  
 
Written by Pazdzioch on 04.06.2014 at 00:13

29/02/1996

I think it's the main character's birth date.

Actually, Ive just realized that none of us is right. MXMVI is not a number. 1996 would be MCMXCVI and 1906 would be MCMVI,which means that they either made a mistake or wanted to fuck us in the brain.
Pazdzioch - 18.06.2014 at 20:19  
 
Written by Sand on 18.06.2014 at 19:24

Actually, Ive just realized that none of us is right. MXMVI is not a number. 1996 would be MCMXCVI and 1906 would be MCMVI,which means that they either made a mistake or wanted to fuck us in the brain.

Just like I thought.

This interview with Havock explains everything, if you know Polish
Sand - 18.06.2014 at 20:42  
 
Written by Pazdzioch on 18.06.2014 at 20:19

Written by Sand on 18.06.2014 at 19:24

Actually, Ive just realized that none of us is right. MXMVI is not a number. 1996 would be MCMXCVI and 1906 would be MCMVI,which means that they either made a mistake or wanted to fuck us in the brain.

Just like I thought.

This interview with Havock explains everything, if you know Polish

And if I don't, you will translate it for me,right?
Pazdzioch - 18.06.2014 at 21:57  
 
Written by Sand on 18.06.2014 at 20:42

And if I don't, you will translate it for me,right?

Of course I will, but what do I get in exchange?

Now in all honesty: The journalist asked what the symbols in the title means? They signify the main character's (an autistic little girl) date of birth, Havok says. He also added that the closing track's numerals sets the finish of the story, which doesn't ends up clear... In short, everyone can interpret that in their own way.
Sand - 19.06.2014 at 21:41  
 
Written by Pazdzioch on 18.06.2014 at 21:57

Written by Sand on 18.06.2014 at 20:42

And if I don't, you will translate it for me,right?

Of course I will, but what do I get in exchange?

Now in all honesty: The journalist asked what the symbols in the title means? They signify the main character's (an autistic little girl) date of birth, Havok says. He also added that the closing track's numerals sets the finish of the story, which doesn't ends up clear... In short, everyone can interpret that in their own way.

Yes thats all very nice,but again: MXMVI is not a number.
Troy Killjoy - 19.06.2014 at 21:45  
 
Written by Sand on 19.06.2014 at 21:41
Yes thats all very nice,but again: MXMVI is not a number.

The best I could come up with is MX and then MVI (1010-1006) but it still doesn't make sense.
Sand - 19.06.2014 at 21:49  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 19.06.2014 at 21:45

Written by Sand on 19.06.2014 at 21:41
Yes thats all very nice,but again: MXMVI is not a number.

The best I could come up with is MX and then MVI (1010-1006) but it still doesn't make sense.

Yeah,so..they obviously don't know Roman numbers. This is what could be called "epic fail" hehee
rlro - 03.10.2014 at 01:54  
Rating: 10 This album is a masterpiece. I can't stop listening to it over and over again.
tea[m]ster - 03.10.2014 at 18:58  
Rating: 9
Written by rlro on 03.10.2014 at 01:54

This album is a masterpiece. I can't stop listening to it over and over again.


I would argue this is one of the most unheard-best albums on the planet. Metal fans have no idea what they are missing.
Cynic Metalhead - 03.10.2014 at 21:08  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 03.10.2014 at 18:58

Written by rlro on 03.10.2014 at 01:54

This album is a masterpiece. I can't stop listening to it over and over again.


I would argue this is one of the most unheard-best albums on the planet. Metal fans have no idea what they are missing.


Okay!

I need to check out this fucker soon as possible.
Diverge - 04.10.2014 at 06:37  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 03.10.2014 at 18:58

Written by rlro on 03.10.2014 at 01:54

This album is a masterpiece. I can't stop listening to it over and over again.


I would argue this is one of the most unheard-best albums on the planet. Metal fans have no idea what they are missing.

Completely agree with this statement.
Pazdzioch - 04.10.2014 at 19:04  
  I'm pleased by the fact that this shit constantly remains the best achievement of 2010 by the MS community

Keep it up!
tea[m]ster - 05.10.2014 at 18:29  
Rating: 9
Written by Pazdzioch on 04.10.2014 at 19:04

I'm pleased by the fact that this shit constantly remains the best achievement of 2010 by the MS community

Keep it up!


But part of me says if more MSer's listened to this and rated it, the rating would go down. Some would just not "get" post metal or some may not like it at all.
chrisscrewball - 12.10.2014 at 06:23  
Rating: 7 Hmmmm, I listened to this one and have to say I'm not very impressed for a couple reasons. First, the sound isn't really my cup of tea but I decided to give the lyrics a chance, especially since they are apparently writing an album about autism. I'm an MD psychiatrist who treats autism and while the lyrics do mention a lot about isolation and nothingness I can't find ANY other parts which encapsulate aspects of the autistic experience at all. In general the experience is not one of "nothingness" at all. It's usually very intense and anxiety ridden. If you look on the internet it will you will see that autistic individuals can have both increased sensitivities in some sensory domains as well as lower sensitivities in others. I'm sure that the writers of this album will cite the lack of sensitivity argument for the lyrics and sounds. However, in my experience the lack of sensitivity is not a common feature that patients describe as being the problem. It's usually the hypersensitivities which are responsible for the intensity of the autistic experience and the anxiety that comes with it, a sentiment which is poorly explored musically and not explored at all lyrically in this album. Some examples would include "muted, distant, unrecognizable sounds," "I can't smell anything," "my sense of taste ruthlessly vanished somewhere." There is no mention of a heightened experience of anxiety or perception in the whole album. "Delusional perspective, falling apart." Autistic individuals are rarely delusional. A delusion is a fixed false belief and is common to see in psychotic disorders like schizophrenia or bipolar mania. "Why can't I remember who I am, what I am?" Again, this sentiment is not a feature of autism. I can't find many other lyrical examples mainly because most of the lyrics are vague or just focus on loneliness/isolation.

If you want to actually acquire some insight into the autistic experience I'd recommend the very easy read by a non-verbal 13 year old autistic boy named Naoki Higashida titled "The Reason I Jump." Before the next metal band tries to do an album about autism maybe they should read about it first.
Diverge - 12.10.2014 at 07:47  
Rating: 9 "Because the concept wasn't depicted with 100% scientific accuracy and because the sound isn't my cup of tea, it's a pretty average album." Not the most convincing argument you could have made. In all seriousness, though, you raise some valid points about representation. I don't think we're going to agree on this at all, but I thought I'd message to perhaps shine a little light on why this is such a highly received album and why many of the listeners find the concept enthralling and well executed.

I think it's rather presumptuous to assume that the band didn't research about autism well enough. The lyrics can be a little vague at points, but overall, I think it evokes the hypersensitivities and the anxieties that you're mentioning here. The music is very dynamic (especially the opening track and the third track), and the aggressively delivered lyrics certainly evoke the most extreme of human experiences that autistic children experience (at least for the majority of the listeners). This is indisputably an INTENSE AND ANXIOUS album, and the middle of the album is very uncomfortable to listen to at points because of it; to say the band didn't capture this anxiety is absolutely ludicrous and it's a point of view no one on this site is going to sympathize with. Many of the lyrics used, specifically related to her inability to remember herself, are just embellishments used to emphasize the child's internal frustrations. The artist has creative liberties and provided it doesn't detract from the ability of the concept to remain engaging and authentic, embellishments in the child's behaviour can be used to make the album even more harrowing and direct to listeners. I think most listeners aren't expecting the treatment of autism to be scientific in nature; it should just conform mostly to reality, and that will be sufficient.

So why is it a (borderline?) classic? Because most listeners got enthralled by the concept, the harrowing transitions between perfectly-executed atmospheres, and the powerful instrumental and vocal performances. It gets down to the most salient aspects of autism, and adds enough flourishes to truly propel the album to an intense climax without feeling like they're trying too hard. I can totally understand why you wouldn't find the concept as convincing as most of us, but the atmospheres constructed here are unbelievable, even for post-metal.
chrisscrewball - 12.10.2014 at 17:58  
Rating: 7
Written by Diverge on 12.10.2014 at 07:47

"Because the concept wasn't depicted with 100% scientific accuracy and because the sound isn't my cup of tea, it's a pretty average album." Not the most convincing argument you could have made.

This is indisputably an INTENSE AND ANXIOUS album, and the middle of the album is very uncomfortable to listen to at points because of it; to say the band didn't capture this anxiety is absolutely ludicrous and it's a point of view no one on this site is going to sympathize with.

I think most listeners aren't expecting the treatment of autism to be scientific in nature; it should just conform mostly to reality, and that will be sufficient.

So why is it a (borderline?) classic? Because most listeners got enthralled by the concept, the harrowing transitions between perfectly-executed atmospheres, and the powerful instrumental and vocal performances. It gets down to the most salient aspects of autism, and adds enough flourishes to truly propel the album to an intense climax without feeling like they're trying too hard. I can totally understand why you wouldn't find the concept as convincing as most of us, but the atmospheres constructed here are unbelievable, even for post-metal.


I re-listened to the album a couple more times and fair enough, musically it does have intense and anxious parts and it is pretty solid, plus it's not like I REALLY know what autism should "sound" like anyway, even as an autism researcher. If they had said that this was a concept album about schizophrenia the musical representation would have been much more on point, as would the lyrics (although still pretty vague). The atmospheres are tight and there are definitely some outstanding things about this album so maybe my original 6 review was too low and in hindsight I probably should have rated it a 7 as my rating now reflects. It's pretty unfair to summarize my review as my problem being that it "wasn't depicted with 100% scientific accuracy," that's a straw man argument, the definition of which can be found on wikipedia. There's absolutely nothing in the lyrics which describe autism well and it doesn't "conform mostly to reality" or "get down to the most salient aspects of autism," not in any clinical understanding of autism (at least lyrically). Normally I don't give a big part of the rating to lyrics, but if this is truly a concept album about autism, and it's unclear what autism should sound like, then the lyrics should be a big part of what propels the concept, right? Shouldn't SOME of the lyrics be different than vague loneliness dime-a-dozen metal lyrics?

Here are some lyrical themes about the autistic experience that easily could have been explored. I got this list just by skimming the autism article on wikipedia.
1) Difficulty making eye contact
2) The drive for "sameness" and routine
3) The tendency for hypersensitivity (yes there's hyposensitivity too but this doesn't seem to be what bothers autistic individuals the most)
4) Trouble recognizing facial expressions and the confusion and alienation this can lead to
5) Circumscribed interests- feeling compelled to learn a lot about very specific topics
6) Stereotypies- very hard to control movements such as flapping one's hands or body rocking
7) Difficulties interpreting social situations

I know I sound pretentious dinging this album for these reasons but it's really hard for me to think that they gave the concept much thought/research in regards to lyrics. Maybe the next time a band writes an album about mental illness they should sit down with those afflicted for a couple hours and ask them, "what does it feel like to be you?"

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