Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Review: Blinded in Bliss - Constancy


Blinded in Bliss are an up and coming new metalcore band based out of Cornwall, Ontario Canada. Despite the small town location, there are a of couple big names amongst the line up that includes bassist Pat Kavanagh from Threat Signal and vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid from Soilwork. The six piece band has gained quite a large amount of recognition since their debut album, Constancy, was released this past Valentine's Day. The question begging to be asked is, is there something truly special here or are Blinded in Bliss just riding on the fame from other names?


Genre: Melodic Death Metal/Metalcore
Label: Self-released/Independent
Release Date: February 14th, 2012

  1. Born into Bondage
  2. Deliverance
  3. Brothers to Arms
  4. Constancy
  5. Destitution
  6. Affinity
  7. The Idea of Poverty
  8. Washed Away
  9. Factors Affect
Total Playtime: 46 minutes, 13 seconds

                                   
                                        Official Website
Rating: 6.0/10




Blinded in Bliss are an up and coming new metalcore band based out of Cornwall, Ontario Canada. Despite the small town location, there are a of couple big names amongst the line up that includes bassist Pat Kavanagh from Threat Signal and vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid from Soilwork. The six piece band has gained quite a large amount of recognition since their debut album "Constancy" was released this past Valentine's Day. The question begging to be asked is, is there something truly special here or are Blinded in Bliss just riding on the fame from other names?

"Constancy" is a light and fluffy inspirational record that tries its best to uplift the listener and empower them. The lyrical content on this album is of the parent approved variety, and is poorly written and structured. Words such as you, we, me, us, and the variances of each are atrociously overused, and this is also a good time to point out that all of the music and lyrics are written by guitarist Baron Pierce (for the exception of tracks "Constancy" and "Factors Affect"), so most of the material here comes from a singular source. The lyrics are the worst element of this release, as they are abundantly repetitive, overly simplistic, and reminiscent of a high school mentality.

Instrumentally, what is presented here is fluid, tight and well composed. With two guitarists and two vocalists, it's easy to have material that is overcrowded and stuffy, however Blinded in Bliss seem to have harmonized these elements to bend and fit to their will. There is also an unbridled passion that is clearly heard and expressed, and each member shows skill, comfort and knowledge behind their instrument of choice. Each track seems to have various alternating picking patterns coming from the lead guitar, and this causes the material to blend together a little too much.


Vocally, "Constancy" is typical metalcore with little to no innovation or recognizable attributes that would make the sound unique. Of course there is Björn Strid from Soilwork, who works well with Rudy Martinez on combining both growling and clean vocals, and both come across energetic as well as passionate, however there is still no outstanding attributes. One track known as "Factors Affect" really stands out from the other material as it is the heaviest work presented.

The production and mixing of Blinded in Bliss' debut album is up to code, and the only complaint that could be made is that the lead guitar sometimes overtakes the material, but this is easy to overlook as it isn't incredibly powerful. The bass is audible enough to give the record a boost, and enlists the help of the double bass drum, both working together to give the content a much needed crunch and added weight.

Overall, "Constancy" is a good attempt for a debut album. However, with two well known musicians in the line up the content is expected to be better than this. This could possibly stem from having one person writing most of the material, instead of the work being spread across the band. If you're up for a blend of Shadows Fall and off-brand In Flames and can overlook lyrics, give this one a shot.

In fact, Blinded in Bliss have released their album for free download at their website.



Physical Copy Provided by: Blinded in Bliss

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