The kind-hearted music BLINDFOLD plays, is generated by the raw but cosy bass parts and the rhythmic drums. The bass and percussion are definitely the instruments that make it punk. But Hans is the one who brings the aggression in this music with his guitar. This slight aggressive touch and stir is not pretentious because often it falls into the background adding nice deepness to the whole. But it is the necessary element of this hardcore record, because you can hear the urge to make it more heavier and vicious. They (Blindfold) are not solely a pre- new school band due to this guitar work. No, they have a diverse and eclectic delivery that is unique in its genre. Also the use of violins in combination with amplified instruments is a piece of innovation, that doesn’t harm the harmonic dance-able whole.
This music is fuel for the pure of heart. Wim, the vocalist has a meditating way of singing without following any religious or organized spirituality. He’s lyrics are abstract and full of symbols taken out nothing less than nature itself. Symbols like wind, water, fire, ice and flowers. All in the great meaning of making an understandable and intelligent message. Despite the fact that the lyrics are cryptic they don’t feel weird or incomprehensible to me. No, they are touching the very core of your existence and this in a gentle way.
“On The Base Of Who We Love
You Divide The World
Into Wrong And Allowed”
This music isn’t what you can call heavy but it is certainly punishing for those who aren’t sober minded. I can understand that drunk outsiders who hear this music at shows start getting into fights. They have the power to divide the crowd into haters and followers.
All this is the magic of Blindfold. Only BF can drive the listeners into two groups; the sober and true (straight-edge) ones and the unknowing, blind people, who aren’t pure of heart. This magic BF creates with music is something I definitely appreciate and approve. This polarization is the result of the great message the band implicitly create with music and words.
The band has been labeled many times as emotional by the out crowd, but this is in my opinion a very wrong approach. The band’s music and the crew culture it grafts on is there to touch your heart and soul for the better. And thus finding truth in your life:
“Truth It Will Be Found
When The Soul Gets Realized”
If you don’t enjoy or agree with this you do not belong and better get out. This is the uncompromising stance of the band and the surrounding H8000 crew.
This first BLINDFOLD full-length exists logically on CD-format and on LP-format. There is purple and black vinyl pressed by Conquer The World Records. If you want to collect H8000, I suggest you get this one. Essential not only for H8000 friends or collectors but a necessary part of any hardcore punk collection. I think this one is also one of the first full lengths coming from a H8000 band.
Don’t worry, this CD isn’t so impossible to find. Try ebay Germany or even ebay US. The CD has got more songs than the vinyl version; 13 tracks in total.