Premiere: Blindfolded and Led to the Woods – “33440”

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Where are we going? Don’t worry about it. You’ll be fine.

As their name suggests, Blindfolded and Led to the Woods are a bit different. Their music is rooted in brutal death metal, but simply calling them that would be doing them a disservice; they’re a far cry from the streams of blasts and toilet bowl vocals proliferated throughout the genre. It’s like they took Suffocation and Immolation, tossed them in a blender, sprinkled in some doom and skronk, and pureed it into a thick, grimy milkshake.

Yet as filthy as this concoction may be, it’s also expertly crafted on both a musical and technical level. It can go from a dense, sludgy feel to lightning speed in a measure or two, and the drums and guitars drip with primal malice. The distortion is laid on thick, matched in timbre by the vicious, throaty vocals and augmented by chunky bass. Recorded live without any digital assistance- no quantization, no click track, no amp modeling- it sounds absolutely fantastic. “33440” is no exception; it doubles down on the aforementioned sludge aspects, lurching forth at an ever-shifting pace and oozing slime from every orifice. It also carries their dry, dark sense of humor, as explained by the band:

“33440 is the most dynamic song on the album. Musically it’s unlike anything we have ever done before, thus making it somewhat stand out. Lyrical introspection concerns control and interaction, metaphorically speaking of a reclusive blind serial killer who strangles his victims but struggles to deal with the fact nobody really cares they are dying.”

Modern Adoxography arrives digitally and physically on October 13th. Follow Blindfolded and Led to the Woods on Facebook for more updates, and if you feel like this could have used a little more gore, check out their video for “Meth Tooth.”

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