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Release date: 9 October 2013
Style: Progressive metal, Post-metal

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01. a3
02. b6
03. s1
04. e5
05. n4
06. c7
07. e2
08. a7bsence

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Staff review by
R'Vannith

Rating:
8.3
This year I've been convinced that some Polish metal musicians and their associates must also be wizards. The latest major releases from Riverside and, in this case, Blindead display excellence of production values which I can only describe as something magical or seemingly impossible, as both these bands recordings have come to us in an impeccable packaging of sound. The quality here is superb.

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published 29.12.2013 | Comments (18)

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Diverge - 30.08.2013 at 07:12  
Rating: 9 Looking forward to this one, having recently discovered Blindead.
Pazdzioch - 05.09.2013 at 12:23  
  The first single:



I'm not impressed to say the least.
Góral - 05.09.2013 at 13:32  
Rating: 7 I guessed that it will be a different but.. I am really surprised.
Pazdzioch - 05.09.2013 at 15:15  
  Damn it!

The whole thing sounds like a poorly digestible (for me) blend of Katalolnia, Riverside and Tool :/
tea[m]ster - 05.09.2013 at 15:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Pazdzioch on 05.09.2013 at 15:15

Damn it!


Oh man, I for one love this! I love the direction the band is taking. Their use of ambient/electronica in all their releases is unmatched and is really impressive in this song. The production is crystal clear. I think we should hold off and give them a break until we hear the whole album first. Although for me, first impressions, I cannot see myself not liking the album
Nivrame - 05.09.2013 at 21:07  
 
Written by Pazdzioch on 05.09.2013 at 15:15

Damn it!


Keep calm!
It sounds amazing, I'm really sad that I can't listen it on better speakers. Try to feel the atmosphere this song makes, it's good as always.
I am really suprised, but for the 1st listening I was about to think that Jonas from Katatonia is singing this.
Góral - 05.09.2013 at 23:22  
Rating: 7 Musically it's not bad, but serious objections to the vocal. However still (perhaps naive) hope for a big stuff.
metalbeast3 - 08.09.2013 at 09:28  
 
Written by Góral on 05.09.2013 at 23:22

Musically it's not bad, but serious objections to the vocal. However still (perhaps naive) hope for a big stuff.


Yeah, I'm with you; the vocalist sounds like he's trying to pull a Maynard-esque vocal style that doesn't really work out. This seems less profound and thought-provoking than Affliction 1996 (or MXMVI). Furthermore, the track listing seems absurd and far too reminiscent of its aforementioned predecessor. The electronica influence brings to mind Cult of Luna's Vertikal (2013), but it focuses more on ambient pads, while Vertikal was more lead-heavy. My opinion is obviously based on this song, s1, and on the album's tracklist. It is therefore very subject to change when more, or all, of the album is released. I hope it does so for the better so I can have another beloved album!
Pazdzioch - 08.09.2013 at 14:46  
  I decided to translate the band's official statement about this album:

The main theme of Absence are letters and messages which the main character receives from the dead friends. These messages describe retrospective relations with him and carry a posthumous thoughts. Each of these deceased friends received his animal avatar and the symbol of a specific deserted town. The track titles as the coordinates of the graves in the cemetery (a3 = location #A, 3rd row) runs through the stations and consecutive letters to finally make up the Absence, but also to an alternative name of the album which you have to guess...
Góral - 09.09.2013 at 17:22  
Rating: 7 For the most impatient: "a3" is now available on iTunes - link.
Diverge - 12.09.2013 at 07:04  
Rating: 9 I actually think this is one of the strongest tracks of the year. I honestly cannot think of a better single that has been released, with the possible exception of Overcome by Hacride. The vocalist is very strong and enthralling, at least for me.
Expectations are now VERY high for this record.
Góral - 12.09.2013 at 20:27  
Rating: 7
Written by Diverge on 12.09.2013 at 07:04

The vocalist is very strong and enthralling

Agreed. And that's why I'm surprised that "s1" is all so soft.
Góral - 12.09.2013 at 20:47  
Rating: 7 I don't know how long it will be on youtube, better hurry up: "A3".
Pazdzioch - 12.09.2013 at 21:24  
 
Written by Góral on 12.09.2013 at 20:47

I don't know how long it will be on youtube, better hurry up: "A3".

This time too sugary for my taste and not complex musically.
Góral - 12.09.2013 at 22:45  
Rating: 7
Written by Pazdzioch on 12.09.2013 at 21:24

This time too sugary for my taste and not complex musically.

Sadly, but I must agree. So far each new is less interesting. Anyway, I decided. Even if the next track will be performed by Sylwia Grzeszczak, I need to hear it live. Period.
Pazdzioch - 12.09.2013 at 22:54  
 
Written by Góral on 12.09.2013 at 22:45

Even if the next track will be performed by Sylwia Grzeszczak, I need to hear it live. Period.

I'm with you
tea[m]ster - 13.09.2013 at 01:08  
Rating: 9
Written by Pazdzioch on 08.09.2013 at 14:46

I decided to translate the band's official statement about this album:


Thanks for this Paz, well done.
Diverge - 03.10.2013 at 07:13  
Rating: 9 And it is indeed a very good album.
Pazdzioch - 03.10.2013 at 14:12  
 
Written by Diverge on 03.10.2013 at 07:13

And it is indeed a very good album.

Nice. I'll spin it tonight.
Góral - 05.10.2013 at 02:59  
Rating: 7 Yes, this is a good album. But "good" it's really not enough for this band. Perhaps too early to tell, but I feel that Blindead during the exploration of new ideas has lost its identity. Compared with previous albums it's much softer, the sound is more clear, affordable. Maybe that was the purpose, but I miss this overwhelming, dark, psychedelic atmosphere, well known from previous albums. Instead, we got a good album for a summer afternoon, to listen with family on a sunny terrace.. In summary: This is a good, enjoyable post-rock album. Like many others. Nothing more than that. Just behind.
Diverge - 05.10.2013 at 03:35  
Rating: 9
Written by Góral on 05.10.2013 at 02:59

Yes, this is a good album. But "good" it's really not enough for this band. Perhaps too early to tell, but I feel that Blindead during the exploration of new ideas has lost its identity. Compared with previous albums it is much softer, the sound is more clear, affordable. Maybe that was the purpose, but I miss this overwhelming, dark, psychedelic atmosphere, well known from previous albums. Instead, we got a good album for a summer afternoon, to listen with family on a sunny terrace.. In summary: This is a good, enjoyable post-rock album. Like many others. Nothing more than that. Just behind.

No, by no means has Blindead lost its identity. It's a clear shift to a softer sound, true, but there was no point on that album that I thought Blindead didn't sound like the Blindead of old. I wouldn't really characterize it as a "good album for a summer afternoon" either, to be honest. It's definitely not as dark as Affliction or Autoscopia, but there are certain anxious moments on this album still (b2 and parts of n4 are pretty overwhelming). Besides, I wouldn't have really characterized Blindead as "psychadelic" to begin with.

It is a moderate shift in sound, though, and one that I think will easily alienate people. An analogue is clearly Process of Guilt and their move from Erosion to Faemin, refining their post-metal leanings and centralizing an album around it. I see this appealing to people who like Ihsahn, present-day Opeth, Katatonia, and even grunge.
Pazdzioch - 05.10.2013 at 12:52  
 
Written by Diverge on 05.10.2013 at 03:35

An analogue is clearly Process of Guilt and their move from Erosion to Faemin

Good example. This album is equally disappointing for me.
Diverge - 05.10.2013 at 16:39  
Rating: 9
Written by Pazdzioch on 05.10.2013 at 12:52

Written by Diverge on 05.10.2013 at 03:35

An analogue is clearly Process of Guilt and their move from Erosion to Faemin

Good example. This album is equally disappointing for me.

Fair enough. That album fascinated me the whole way through, although I recognize it's not the most engaging, unique album on the planet. I think that these kind of albums are ones that will get 1/3 of the listeners entirely behind the sound.
I like both albums (Faemin and Absence), but after about five listens, I definitely like Absence more than Faemin. For me, there's a very subtle mastery going on here, even if some songs perhaps overstay their welcome.
Góral - 05.10.2013 at 20:09  
Rating: 7
Written by Diverge on 05.10.2013 at 03:35

No, by no means has Blindead lost its identity.

If you feel that "this appealing to people who like Ihsahn, present-day Opeth, Katatonia, and even grunge", you should think again about a loss of identity problem.
Diverge - 05.10.2013 at 21:16  
Rating: 9
Written by Góral on 05.10.2013 at 20:09

Written by Diverge on 05.10.2013 at 03:35

No, by no means has Blindead lost its identity.

If you feel that "this appealing to people who like Ihsahn, present-day Opeth, Katatonia, and even grunge", you should think again about a loss of identity problem.

I meant that they have expanded their potential audience base with this album. Also note that I acknowledged it was a major change, but that throughout it still sounded like Blindead. They haven't utterly given up the sound that they explored on the last few albums, and I think many people are over-estimating the amount of change that's happening here. Affliction really suggested these days were coming.
Pazdzioch - 06.10.2013 at 01:21  
  Agree. Their acoustic gigs also portended all this...

In summary: Blindead never lost its identity, but simply fell into 'the vortex of mediocrity' just like some of the previously mentioned bands.
Diverge - 06.10.2013 at 02:25  
Rating: 9
Written by Pazdzioch on 06.10.2013 at 01:21

In summary: Blindead never lost its identity, but simply fell into 'the vortex of mediocrity' just like some of the previously mentioned bands.

Hahah that's a good way to put it. I'll always enjoy Process of Guilt and Blindead for what they've done (I just really enjoy their new directions), but the grand majority of their fans will consider it mediocre.
Monolithic - 06.10.2013 at 08:33  
Rating: 8
Written by Pazdzioch on 06.10.2013 at 01:21

Agree. Their acoustic gigs also portended all this...

In summary: Blindead never lost its identity, but simply fell into 'the vortex of mediocrity' just like some of the previously mentioned bands.

Not only that, but it also pushed us into a vortex of uncertainty. I kinda feel puzzled as to whether I should like this new sound or not. They've got some good songs here and there but I still need to give it another spin.???
Góral - 06.10.2013 at 13:07  
Rating: 7
Written by Pazdzioch on 06.10.2013 at 01:21

In summary: Blindead never lost its identity, but simply fell into 'the vortex of mediocrity' just like some of the previously mentioned bands.

For me the situation in which the absolutely unique band "fell into the vortex of mediocrity" = lost its identity. Don't be afraid to call a spade a spade.
Pazdzioch - 06.10.2013 at 19:49  
 
Written by Góral on 06.10.2013 at 13:07

For me the situation in which the absolutely unique band "fell into the vortex of mediocrity" = lost its identity. Don't be afraid to call a spade a spade.

I used that term with reference to songwriting quality. They have lost identity, because kinda changed the style and reach for some influences you think? I would say no. It seems that they simply exhausted the post-metal theme and felt the desire to change. I really appreciate it, but jeez: why the songs are average as fuck?!
Góral - 07.10.2013 at 00:49  
Rating: 7
Written by Pazdzioch on 06.10.2013 at 19:49

They have lost identity, because kinda changed the style and reach for some influences you think?

Now it's a very extensive topic for me, I could talk about it for hours. It would be difficult to describe it all. So I promise Paz to tell you about my thoughts and opinions at the earliest opportunity ;]
Diverge - 07.10.2013 at 06:16  
Rating: 9
Written by Góral on 07.10.2013 at 00:49

Written by Pazdzioch on 06.10.2013 at 19:49

They have lost identity, because kinda changed the style and reach for some influences you think?

Now it's a very extensive topic for me, I could talk about it for hours. It would be difficult to describe it all. So I promise Paz to tell you about my thoughts and opinions at the earliest opportunity ;]

ie. I've adopted a position that is far too extreme and cannot be possibly be defended, so give me some time to think up some bullshit.

I'm very interested in hearing how Blindead are a totally different band now, and how there are virtually no continuities with the Blindead of old. It's a pretty extreme position, and to be blunt, it is one that has been supplemented only with a series of flimsy, unsatisfactory arguments at the present time.

As I've stated, I really enjoyed the album, although I do recognize a lot of its demerits and why it wouldn't appeal to other people. Even though Paz didn't get invested with this album and thought most of the songs were average, his position was entirely moderate and reasonable, and we even reached some common ground there. If you aren't going to provide substantiation as to why Blindead has become an utterly new entity, I think it would be reasonable to assume you're simply a butt-hurt former fanboy. Affliction was mind-blowing and by far the better record, but there are definitely some fruitful aspects to their explorations here.
Góral - 07.10.2013 at 12:34  
Rating: 7
Written by Diverge on 07.10.2013 at 06:16

ie. I've adopted a position that is far too extreme and cannot be possibly be defended, so give me some time to think up some bullshit.

I see that you are reading a very cursory my posts and don't pick up their meaning completely. Maybe it's my bad English, or perhaps simply you can not accept a different views than your. Anyway, very sorry that I can not better describe my position - my bad english not allow me. But I would gladly discuss with you face to face and to know your point better. But believe me, son, you don't know what you're writing and you don't understand me completely.
Pazdzioch - 07.10.2013 at 14:09  
 
Written by Góral on 07.10.2013 at 12:34

I see that you are reading a very cursory my posts and don't pick up their meaning completely. Maybe it's my bad English, or perhaps simply you can not accept a different views than your. Anyway, very sorry that I can not better describe my position - my bad english not allow me.

Your english is pretty cool G.

I think you gone a little too far in your statement... Still I don't confuse them with any other band on the planet (even if there are some influences/more 'sugary atmosphere'), so about total loss of personality there can't be said.

Written by Diverge on 07.10.2013 at 06:16

there are definitely some fruitful aspects to their explorations

Indeed. Matteo Bassoli (surname commits) has done quite a good job on the bass guitar here.
Góral - 07.10.2013 at 17:15  
Rating: 7
Written by Pazdzioch on 07.10.2013 at 14:09

I think you gone a little too far in your statement...

Kill me Paz, but that is my feeling. For you it's a worse album, but the band is still "the same". For me, it's a good album, but this is a "different band" now. Maybe our visit in Poznań in November will change me point of view, I would like to, really.
Pazdzioch - 08.10.2013 at 19:10  
 
Written by Góral on 07.10.2013 at 17:15

this is a "different band" now.

Lyrically certainly not. Each of their consecutive albums tells a complex story leading to philosophical conclusions and so is the case this time ...but fuck it, who pays attention to the lyrics!

PS. Seriously I begin to appreciate this release after more than 10 spins in recent days (always starting from the 2nd track though).
Góral - 09.10.2013 at 14:19  
Rating: 7
Written by Pazdzioch on 08.10.2013 at 19:10

Lyrically certainly not. Each of their consecutive albums tells a complex story leading to philosophical conclusions and so is the case this time

Another concept album, another philosophical history. Of course it is. But now I focus primarily on how this story is presented to us. And I don't mean a new, expanded instrumentation, personnel changes, or a new electronic "special effects". It's good when bands evolve, looking for a new ways of expression, new ideas, new inspiration. I always appreciate it and I will. I mean only about emotions. Emotions - which define the path along which moves a band. Emotions are for me the most important criterium when distinguishing between the personality of the individual bands. The music genres are a matter of less importance. Using the simplest words (eh, my English) I ask myself:

If the previous Blindead's works are for me the "emotional scream" something must have happened that the band suddenly "calmed his voice" and decided to "speak to me in a whisper." Don't get me wrong - I don't just mean change in vocals. I'm not talking about the artistic means of expression, I'm talking about emotions contained in "Absence". I think it's the same as with people: you can change your external image, but what you really feel inside can not be so easily changed. To be different, you need a major, deeper change. Need to change own "I". Or... You can pretend. It's your choice.

While listening to "Absence" I feel a completely different emotions, than ever before with this band. If we assume that what we hear in "Absence" is really sincere and come from the Blindead's heart, then something must have happened in the Blidead's life. Something important. Something that has led to search for the new band's identity. Will be the new character liked or not - that's another dilemma.
Góral - 10.10.2013 at 10:34  
Rating: 7
Written by Pazdzioch on 08.10.2013 at 19:10

(always starting from the 2nd track though).

Nivrame will kill you for it
Pazdzioch - 11.10.2013 at 12:51  
 
Written by Góral on 10.10.2013 at 10:34

Nivrame will kill you for it

It will be a sad day (for both of us), when our musical tastes have merged.
tea[m]ster - 11.10.2013 at 18:45  
Rating: 9 Did not disappoint. I love "direction" the band is taking. It isn't a huge change, as a matter of fact I am not shocked at all, this album is a refinement of their sound. After all they are a PROGRESSIVE doom/sludge/post band. I don't know why fans are getting all uptight. You couldn't see this coming? Each album marks a new territory in their sound. They did take some cues from their fellow countrymen Riverside, not going to deny that but when all is said and done this is Blindead continuing forward with their evolution and I for one want to be part of the journey.
Diverge - 12.10.2013 at 01:15  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 11.10.2013 at 18:45

Did not disappoint. I love "direction" the band is taking. It isn't a huge change, as a matter of fact I am not shocked at all, this album is a refinement of their sound. After all they are a PROGRESSIVE doom/sludge/post band. I don't know why fans are getting all uptight. You couldn't see this coming? Each album marks a new territory in their sound. They did take some cues from their fellow countrymen Riverside, not going to deny that but when all is said and done this is Blindead continuing forward with their evolution and I for one want to be part of the journey.

This.
Góral - 12.10.2013 at 23:03  
Rating: 7
Written by tea[m]ster on 11.10.2013 at 18:45

I don't know why fans are getting all uptight.

I think that just not everyone likes this direction. Blindead has changed (more or less) - less "stuffy" atmosphere, more expanse and a lot of melody. And I think we should all agree here. As I wrote earlier, is this the right direction or not - it's another dilemma and there is no point arguing about it. This aspect is a matter of personal taste of music and discussion on this would be 100% subjective. But I like the comparison to Riverside, particularly in relation to the progressive elements and "soften the sound" compared to the previous works. Who knows, maybe the presence of "Havoc" as a provide technical support in the "Riverside New Generation Tour 2013" played a some role. Or maybe a gigs with Tides from Nebula.. Probably we will never know. Certain it is, and I think you'll agree with me: "Absence" opens a new chapter in the Blindead's music life.
Pazdzioch - 16.10.2013 at 21:50  
  Bought it today. Very nice digipack I must say, but in this field also loses with a monumental 'Affliction XXIX II MXMVI' digibook.
Rulatore - 24.10.2013 at 03:59  
  Doom ?
Diverge - 24.10.2013 at 05:06  
Rating: 9
Written by Rulatore on 24.10.2013 at 03:59

Doom ?

Not at this point, I don't think. It's really an atmospheric, alternative album, with prominent post metal leanings.
Góral - 26.10.2013 at 21:35  
Rating: 7
Written by Rulatore on 24.10.2013 at 03:59

Doom ?

Progresive / Alternative / Post-Rock / Good Because Polish /
Rulatore - 27.10.2013 at 03:04  
 
Written by Diverge on 24.10.2013 at 05:06

Not at this point, I don't think. It's really an atmospheric, alternative album, with prominent post metal leanings.


Written by Góral on 26.10.2013 at 21:35

Progresive / Alternative / Post-Rock / Good Because Polish /


Thats what I thought
Diverge - 27.10.2013 at 16:36  
Rating: 9 I just read the lyrics on Encylopaedia Metallum...a reaffirmation of why I have given the album a 9. Extremely poignant and meaningful lyrics that resonate with me very profoundly with every listen. That closing track is simply brilliant, and might be one of the best conclusions to an album seen this year.
I have a feeling a lot of people will miss out on this album unless it gets reframed as "alternative metal" and passed around to the fans of groups like Soen, A Perfect Circle, Ghost Brigade, etc. Blindead isn't really like those bands but I think their fans would definitely dig this album.
Góral - 04.11.2013 at 13:25  
Rating: 7 A very interesting statement by Patryk Zwoliński. I'm sorry for the mistakes in the translation, if there are. But I hope that sense is maintained.

Patryk: "I don't feel that we are a metal band, I don't want to be as called. The spectrum of our fans is changing very much. It can be seen at our concerts. And it's practically with every new album. There are more elderly people, people who not belonging to any musical environment or subculture. Our music starts to wander."
source: link

Another indication, which confirmed my belief that the changes are really profound. Nevertheless, I'll be watching with great interest and with flushed cheeks next Blindead's music steps.
Pazdzioch - 04.11.2013 at 14:23  
 
Written by Góral on 04.11.2013 at 13:25

Patryk: "I don't feel that we are a metal band, I don't want to be as called.

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