The Blinding Light – Glass Bullet EP

The Blinding Light
Glass Bullet EP

Fans of the death metal scene from the 80s and early 90s will likely have fond memories of those times. These were the days when metal (with the exception of the poser hair rockers) was in its last vestiges of evil purity. Since then, the industrial scene, modern rock, and, most importantly, hardcore have become more the focus for fans of heavy music. Even though there have been plenty of bands trying their hand at the headbanging genre since, something has been missing. Whether it was energy, passion, or ability, a piece of the magic disappeared, at least for a few years.
Luckily, for the fans, death metal bands have started to come back into the fold. Though this style has had somewhat of a comeback, much of it can be attributed to the crossover of hardcore into metal. Bands like Dillinger Escape Plan, Race Traitor, and Hatebreed combined the passionate energy of hardcore with the more complicated riffage of metal and have, therefore, brought a new edge to “extreme” music. Metal bands have taken note. Even the evil gods themselves, Slayer, have taken Hatebreed out on the road with them. The give and take between both genres has allowed for the imaginary lines to become blurred – leaving room for a whole new pack of groups ready to push music forward.
Though this is only their first major EP, The Blinding Light have the potential to become one of the aforementioned genre giants. They play a tough, tenacious brand of music that owes more to straight up death metal than hardcore. This is best exemplified in the intros and verses of their songs. Though their guitars have hardcore’s style of intensity, the technical tricks and complicated rhythms that the band has produced move their sound closer towards the depths of tech/death metal. With that said, one still gets a sense of the group’s hardcore roots with their pulsating, chugging choruses that add a powerful exclamation point to the group’s virtuosity.
The best tracks on the EP, “Blowing Smoke” and “Violator,” display the band at their ripping best. The songs tend to start off with powerful, technical openings that push forth the tempo at a medium pace. Quickly, though, the band shifts gears and blasts back and forth from ultra-fast to gloomy and sluggish. The variety on their plate of music is enough to satisfy most fans of either hardcore or metal.
Deathwish, Inc., a top-notch label featuring many great up-and-coming hardcore/metal acts, made a wise investment by releasing this EP. Metal and hardcore fans looking for something new should give these guys a chance. After all, if fans want to keep their favorite genre fresh they need to support those giving the music a shot in the arm. Though they are not quite trendsetters, The Blinding Light have the potential to at least be syringes into the vessels of their brand of music.