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Reviewed by Colin Selby

Blindfolded and Led to the Woods: My Vaseline Diaries

Reviewed by Colin Selby

Blindfolded and Led to the Woods: My Vaseline Diaries

Formed in Christchurch in 2010, Blindfolded And Led To The Woods is a five-strong juggernaut that stretches across the genres of death metal, grindcore and mathcore. They released a debut EP, ‘Armed To The Teeth With Jelly Beans’ in early 2011, and in 2014 descended upon STL Audio in Wellington to set about recording this debut album under the recording/mixing and production guidance of Troy Kelly. Opening with the frantic, Fuck You Look Awesome, this is foot-down-hard-on-the-accelerator stuff with high octane guitar riffage exploding inside this V10. The twin exhaust system hanging off the back of this monster blows the thick, smoggy rhythm section into your lungs. The attention to detail is acute with each band member smashing his part out with accuracy. Stuart Henley-Minchington and Jared Morgan wield the guitars, with Nick Smith on bass and Tim Stewart ferociously drumming. Stace Fifield‘s tortured growls in Sorry You’re Not Invited leaves no doubt that you are not invited, and the ‘sorry’ part wasn’t meant. The intro to The Earwig flirts with a melodic and almost predictable power chord progression until they come along and shake you awake with all that complicated stuff; break-neck drumming and guitar riffs ripping through time signature changes. I was thrown a little with the intro to 26846, thinking that they may have softened a bit after half an hour of carnage. I was wrong as another tsunami of hard, accurate noise came crashing into my head. This album is perfectly arranged and ordered burning chaos.