We open up with “Heaven’s Gallows” and good god they don’t waste any time whatsoever! We’re greeted with pummeling ferocity within nanoseconds! The riffs and percussion are intense and unrelenting, while James’ vocals are nothing short of brutal…the sheer unforgiving onslaught showing the band are done with waiting, this is a statement of intent, this is Blind Divide and you will pay attention…a blistering start this. The same too can be said for “Scourge Of Humanity”; the sinister tone of the guitar work coupled with certain thrash-metal elements entwined within the texture of the track allowing for a rich listening experience, the influence of bands such as LAMB OF GOD can be heard here too, providing a solid groove, which can also be said for EP highlight “Pathfinder”…its very “The Sacrament” era and despite it’s obvious heaviness there’s more melody and an overall smoothness to proceedings here; it’s very well balanced but loses absolutely nothing in terms of its lack of forgiveness.
If there are any faults here at all however, it would have to be “Source” and even then they’re minor…with a track under three minutes long, you’d expect them to really hammer home the aggression and take no prisoners with a really intense thrash-inspired piece, something pacey; something hungry…but instead the track feels longer than its run time. There are stripped down segments that make the track feel drawn out unnecessarily and it loses some of its bite as a result. However, in the grand scheme of things, Blind Divide have finally delivered and this can easily make a huge impact on the Welsh underground metal scene…with the likes of CHAOS TRIGGER growing and growing and events such as Eradication and Celtic Mosh both highlighting and championing artists such as this then going forward, they have all the promise in the world to make a name for themselves…uninitiated? Allow the blind to lead the blind…