Blynd – Punishment Unfolds

Punishment Unfolds
Released: November 2012
Thrash Metal/ Heavy Metal
Released via Pitch Black Records

‘Punishment Unfolds’ is the second album from the Cyprus-based thrash metal band Blynd. The album artwork was done by Septic Flesh’s Spiros Antoniou and the album features guest appearances from Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and George Charalambous (Winter’s Verge).

Now there’s a certain number of things that spring to mind when you hear the words thrash metal and term “symphonic” is definitely not one of them! Oddly enough that’s exactly how the aptly named ‘Divine Gathering’ sounds; a melodic instrumental with that soundtrack quality. Yet don’t let this deceive you; as straight afterwards come the guitar riffs with ‘Arrival of the Gods’, offering enough solos to make the previous track seem like a distant memory. The title track ‘As Punishment Unfolds’ sees a slight change in style, with the guitars switching to playing speed-thrash metal while the singer seems to have taken inspiration from bands like Grimfist. Not a good mix!

Sadly as the subsequent tracks reveal, it’s the vocals which let this album down. ‘The Chosen Few’ is a good example of this problem. The guitar parts are decent and there’s some nice melodic solos but then the vocals re-emerge ruining the effect. Things only get worse with ‘Convicted In Devil’s Land’; one of those tracks that never really gets going, making the aforementioned bad vocals that much less bearable. Even ‘Sins to the Cross’ with all its skilfully executed guitar solos would have worked better either with a different vocalist or as an instrumental. ‘Infinity Race’ suffers from a case of far too many stop-starts which make the track sound very disjointed.

There is however, one good song on here and that’s ‘Divine Conspiracy’ is with its Machine Head -style guitar riff intro paving the way to some energetic, melodic thrash metal with enough catchy riffs to make up for the vocals.

2.5/5 – Sadly I have rate this based on the music not the cover-art.

Iza Raittila

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