BLIND EGO

(GERMANY)

NUMB

(2009)
LABEL:

RED FARM

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
""Numb" presents the more metal side of Blind Ego, which will delight fans of sound walls but will undoubtedly leave fans of more classic progressive rock unmoved."
TONYB (06.04.2009)  
2/5
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A little more than a year after the release of his first album, and the release in the meantime of a new RPWL opus, Kalle Wallner comes back with the dream-team of Blind Ego for a second production soberly entitled Numb.

And if Mirror couldn't deny the roots of its leader, obviously looking towards Kino and RPWL, this new album takes a much more radical option, doing more than flirting with metal... Exit the keyboards, the band tightened around the vocal/bass/guitar trio, supported by a strong drum set.

From the very first notes of Lost, it's the Porcupine Tree of the 21st century that strikes the ears: velvet voice on a background of sharp guitars, with a few breaths that make the track not totally labelled "metal". On the other hand, the metallic turn occurs as soon as the second track, and will spread over almost all of Numb's compositions. Lovers of sound walls will be delighted, the more measured ears of less violent progressive fans and the original bands of the Blind Ego base trio will surely be a little less so.

Then certainly, the friend Kalle (forbidden to laugh...) always manages to get us out of his six strings a few magic soli (Torn's finale for example), but they don't manage to illuminate a music that is finally rather heavy. Despite this, the compositions remain solid and the melodies inspired. Unfortunately, the sound universe much less varied than in the productions made in Steven Wilson will end up tiring the ears a bit more attentive to a few more twists and turns. However, the latter will find to stay awake for their greatest happiness with 'Death', the longest track of the CD, with a much more progressive orientation and presenting real changes of intensity. For the anecdote, we can also mention 'Risk', a small acoustic oasis in the middle of the magma, but which also happens to be the least inspired track of the album.

Yielding like many others to the metal fashion (probably more selling than progressive), by adopting the sound but not necessarily all the composition codes, Blind Ego unfortunately forgot on the way what could have brought him a touch of originality compared to an already crowded and dominated scene by Porcupine Tree, whose music proves to be much more punchy.
- Official website
SIMILAR BANDS:
RPWL, PORCUPINE TREE, KINO

TRACK LISTING:
01. Lost - 6:09
02. Guilt - 6:14
03. Numb - 6:09
04. Leave - 6:52
05. Death - 9:38
06. Change - 7:19
07. Seek - 5:40
08. Risk - 3:52
09. Torn - 4:45
10. Vow - 7:01
11. Change (reprise) - 5:05

LINEUP:
Iggor Cavalera: Batterie
John Jowitt: Basse
Kalle Wallner: Guitares
Michael Schwager: Batterie
Paul Wrightson: Chant
Sebastian Harnack: Basse
Yogi Lang: choeurs
   
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