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Blind Illusion - Second 1983 Demo

Seeds Of Genius & Sanity - 84%

Rael, June 11th, 2007

First: "Arc The Iron" kicks shitloads of ass. David Godfrey's voice is sometimes a little thin, but Marc Biederman's bloodthirsty riffs and soaring melodic lines make this song a lost classic of progressive heavy metal. It's aligned with early Fates Warning and early Judas Priest in vibe and atmosphere, with murderous intent in some of the riffs and a more sublime harmonic element elsewhere. Even Biederman's solo kills. And he continues to rip on through the beginning of "Blind Sun". The song is a more groove-laden track (back when "groove" was not a bad word in metal), with some nice tries by Godfrey on the chorus. He never quite hits the really high notes he's going for, but what he's envisioning is good enough to carry his wavering voice right on through.

Listening to these two songs, it becomes apparent that the next demo, 'Trilogy of Terror', was textbook-definition "transitional" material, marrying the melodic prog-metal glory of these two songs with the thrash that would come later (and which they would be best known for). Blind Illusion left fans wanting more after 'The Sane Asylum', which they never delivered a follow-up to. Their early demos don't quite replace the never-released second Blind Illusion album, but they do manage to offer a satisfying glimpse into Biederman's early creativity.