Blind to Faith "The Seven Fat Years are Over" 12"Posted on Thursday, June 18th, 2009 @ 12:22am » permalink
The latest from Holy Terror Records is "The Seven Fat Years are Over", the long-awaited debut 12" EP from Blind to Faith, which tears through eight excellent tracks in less than 17 minutes. Expect absolutely ripping hardcore/punk that's actually a little faster and more furiously intense (in a straightforward, blasting hardcore manner) than many listeners might expect, while an almost Celtic Frost-like vibe provides a counter to the speed by injecting a forceful midpaced churn to several of the compositions. The recording is completely awesome as well, boasting an insanely crisp/clear mix and a badass guitar tone that surprisingly has some of that Sunlight Studio sound to it, thus lending a classic Swedish death metal edge to the material without the songs sounding at all like Swedish death metal. It's basically over in a flash, but certainly calls for repeated listening thanks to the explosive fury of the delivery, and I can't recommend this enough. The vinyl comes handsomely packaged in a sleeve that utilizes lots of subtle gloss printing, and while I haven't played the actual vinyl yet due to lack of time, I'm told the 12" is curiously "reverse mastered" so that the grooves run from the center to the outside. Nice little touches to keep you on your toes!
To my shock the pre-orders didn't sell out, so you can still get your hands on one of the first 250 copies of this gem – which includes the limited edition Integrity/AVM split 7" that I wrote about a few weeks ago. Apparently the 7" is actually "parallel mastered", so rather than playing from start to finish, each song on each side of the record runs parallel to the other, so you have to choose which song to listen to one at a time. Bizarre!
I'll be stunned if the remaining pre-orders last through the end of the month, so make the grab while you still can…