WORDS: HARRY HIGGINSON
Blind to Faith likely aren’t a familiar name for many fans of contemporary heavy music, made more surprising by the band’s longevity and consistent quality. Releasing their first full-length record in 2009, the European outfit’s combination of thrashy, punk-tinged metalcore with inflections ranging from black metal to hardcore, their sound makes for an oppressively potent onslaught. Though the band remained largely silent for much of the 2010s, releasing only a handful of intermittent EPs, they have returned to the studio this year, dropping their first LP in eleven years, Unstoppable War.
“MAYBE IT’LL BE 22 YEARS, AND MAYBE IT’LL BE 2, EITHER WAY WE HAVE NO PLAN.”
Though this new release is a decade in the making, Blind to Faith prefer an ad hoc approach to writing, with no concrete plans for when their next release may be. “Maybe it’ll be 22 years, and maybe 2, we have no plan” they muse, indicating that their drive for writing comes from a place of passion. Influenced less by personal circumstances, their return to the studio was driven by “people becoming more ignorant every day”, with their nihilistic and bitter lyrics as potent as they were on their debut.
“WE WANT IT TO BE A FULL-ON SYSTEMS OVERLOAD.”
Recent singles ‘Eye for an Eye’ and ‘Set Yourself Free’ leave a lasting impression not only due to their sheer fury and the raw, intense guitar tone that rips through the mix, but the combination of old – and more modern elements, to create a sound that is simultaneously unique and immediately familiar. Comparisons could be made to more established bands in the metalcore scene, such as Entombed, Integrity or even Cult Leader, but what sets Blind To Faith apart is the persistence of punk energy that makes up the core of their music. In their own words, they’re pitching for a “full-on systems overload”, with tremolo-picked lead guitar segments diving into changes of pace that show off that, behind the monochrome brutality that comprises the band’s visual branding, they have genuine hardcore pedigree. In spite of this uncompromising and dark sound, returning to the band was no hard task for the members, themselves characterising their return “fun and cathartic”. Unstoppable War is perhaps an exercise in release, rather than negativity, in the face of an ever-more turbulent world.