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We should probably blame our long-term zombified friends at HOODED MENACE for this but one of the (many) sides of seeing their latest split 12’’ sold out in just a couple of days (!) means two things: first, that the Blind Dead are still damn sexy beasts to some. And two, that as many people got exposed to the earth shattering power of Helsinki’s HORSE LATITUDES through the shamanic 10 minutes long sludge of “Flame Of Will”.
A lot have been said about the fact this unusual Finnish lot, how they dared putting together a three-person unit that features no guitar yet TWO basses, how they’ve taken their name from an old Jim Morrison poem, how they seem less to come up with actual songs but more with apocalyptic incantations about the forthcoming end of the world or how they sound like OM on cracks or their fellow citizens FLESHPRESS after a ten days walk through the desert with no water. Their second proper full-length ‘Awakening’ just confirms all those preconceptions – in spade.
Clocking at little over 45 minutes with six long dirges, ‘Awakening’ might be just that – the entrance to a whole different sonic vortex. Listening to their hypnotic yet slow-as-fuck groove is like free falling with your eyes: you have no choice but to let go. And it seems there’s no way to go but down here. So submit yourself!
released 16 April 2012
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