BLINDEAD – Affliction XXIX II MXMVI
Background: Third album from Blindead, the brainchild of ex-Behemoth guitarist Mateusz ‘Havoc’ Smierzchalski. Did a review on "Autoscopia/Murder In Phazes" back in 2008, an album I have played now and then ever since, and I’m thrilled to say that Blindead continues down the same road, meaning more complex and melodic post-metal, in the same landscape as mighty Isis and Neurosis, perhaps not quite up there, but closing in.
Story: "Affliction XXIX II MXMVI" is a concept album, telling the story of an autistic girl, from birth and forward, the story is divided into 7 parts, and if you add all parts together, the sentence reads:
"Self consciousness is desire and after 38 weeks my new playground become dark and grey so
it feels like misunderstanding when all my hopes and dreams turn into affliction".. I don’t have
the lyrics, but my guess is that this is not a very happy story…
Music: Progressive, melodic, heavy, post-metal, sludge, atmospheric, soar… there is more to Blindead
than meets the eye, and to categorize this band is not at all easy. When you listen to bands like Neurosis, Isis and Blinddead, and I mean REALLY listen, you don’t only listen to the music, you set off on a journey into whatever world these bands create. There is something incredible relaxing in sinking into this strange and unknown musical landscape, its like watching a dark and fascinating movie, and sometimes you just wish it would never end…..