Releasing their second EP of the year, The King is Blind are certainly making waves. Having played Bloodstock, been featured by Terrorizer and with a date at Hammerfest in March penciled in, this band are going places. It certainly helps that The Deficiencies of Man is an EP that will help the band go a few miles down the road.
Deficiencies seems to be more aggressive, nihilistic and no nonsense than previous EP Bleeding the Ascension. The EPs are quite different in their style too, Bleeding is more doom metal orientated while Deficiencies contains a more death metal influence. Opener ‘A Thousand Burning Temples’ sets the tone with the darker grittier material, the anti-religious song launches into a full frontal assault, setting the scene for an uncompromising EP. The song has a catchy riff alongside some devilish vocals and blast beats galore, in a world full of clones it’s extremely satisfying to hear something fresh and catchy. There are also some fine solos on the album (‘Thorns That Piece the Skull’) and tempo changes (‘Of Osiris & Extraction’). The last song on the album, ‘Revelation Apocalypse’, is a re-recording of the track of the same name from the first EP. While it seems slightly pointless, it was still a worthy end. Although nothing on this album tops ‘Mors Somnis’ from Bleeding, it’s still a great release.
Ultimately, The Deficiencies of Man is a great EP by a promising band, a full frontal assault that will leave you wanting more.
1. A Thousand Burning Temples
2. Of Osiris & Extraction
3. Thorns That Pierce The Skull
4. Revelation, Apocalypse
The King is Blind are:
Lee Appleton – Guitar
Steve Tovey – Bass / Larynx & Pharynx
Paul Ryan – Guitar
Barney Monger – Drums
Check out Jack’s interview with the band earlier this year here.