Cyprus-based thrash/death metallers BLYND return with their third album, “Liber Sum”, a follow-up to 2012’s hugely successful “Punishment Unfolds.”
"Liber Sum" (I am free) is a journey through the spiritual and material history of humanity, greatly influenced by the tumultuous history of Cyprus, combined with the alchemical art of psychospiritual growth and transmutation. The album gradually transitions to a more positive side of things, with a truly majestic ending of the song “The Kingdom Within” where a touch of hope and change is found.
This is the band’s most focused album to date, lyric and music wise. The band successfully manage to maintain their unique and excellent blend of extreme music with symphonic elements and this is an album that’s as dark and atmospheric as it gets while still thrashing mad!
The album’s brilliant artwork is by Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, While Heaven Wept, Kamelot, Morbid Angel among others) and it is worth noting that the artwork is inspired by the ancient writings and history of Cyprus. The album was engineered and mixed by Philip Zilfo and mastered by 4DSounds.
While sounding like straight from the turn of the century melodeath at the first listen it still reveals enough little hooks at the next to keep ears if not happy then at least content. And any band who make melodeath on the deathly side, not drowned in weepy synths, have my vote.
Besides, nice to listen to in 2020 for obvious reasons ;) YomaBarr