Loudwire is hosting an exclusive premiere of the new “The Inevitable Fate Of The Universe” video from New Zealand-based progressive death metal psychos, BLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS. The song is found on the band’s impending third album, Nightmare Withdrawals, which sees release at the end of March.
BLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS’ Nightmare Withdrawals was recorded at The Sitting Room Studio, mixed by Samuel K Sproull, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, and completed with cover art by Agreatmass and additional artwork/design by Nina Morice. The album features guest vocal contributions from Karl Sanders of Nile on “Atop The Wings Of A Magpie” and Callum Gay of Spook The Horses on “Lucid Visitations.”
The latest single “The Inevitable Fate Of The Universe” comes to life through a bizarre and unnerving video edited and directed Amber Beaton. BALTTW guitarist/songwriter Stuart Henley-Minchington writes of the song, “The universe is us and we are the universe. For all we experience during our small blip of consciousness we delicately balance enjoyment while toying with the realization of our own mortality. We do our best to co-exist and sometimes we do it better than others. Happiness, sadness, pain, joy, time with family and friends, time alone, life, death, love, and loss, eventually it will all end, and one can only hope our legacy will be looked upon with kindness and positivity.”
BLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS’ Henley-Minchington offers on the video, “Inspired by the abstract and a Lynchian feel, the video was directed by Amber Beaton. We wanted to express the vibe of the song in a visual way that is engaging yet uncomfortable, much like our music.”
With the video’s premiere, Loudwire writes, “you may remember them as the band that terrorized a local kids TV show back in 2010 with their abrasive brand of crushing extremity, which makes this all the more exciting that their first new album in four years is approaching fast. ‘The Inevitable Fate of the Universe’ is a clinic in chaos — downtuned, earth-heaving grooves are halted by heart-palpitating palm mutes and screeching pick scrapes, the madness accentuated by the sickly yellow hue and dim-lit setting the band plays in. That unsettling vibe we mentioned is invoked by two mysterious, suit-clad figures whose faces are cloaked in a white cloth. There’s no other way to say it — it’s just creepy.”
Watch BLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS’ “The Inevitable Fate Of The Universe” video first only at Loudwire RIGHT HERE.
Nightmare Withdrawals sees release on LP and digital platforms on Friday, March 26th. Find preorders/merch bundles HERE and see the “Atop The Wings Of A Magpie” video featuring Karl Sanders of Nile HERE.
Nightmare Withdrawals sees BLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS taking their already unstoppable craft to the next level of technical decimation. Much like NZ peers Ulcerate, BALTTW often explores atypical terrain, no more so than on Nightmare Withdrawals. Fueled by trauma, yet wholly cathartic, Nightmare Withdrawals’ sinuous songs exhibit technical mastery and raw emotionality. In recent years, the band’s hometown of Christchurch has suffered through natural disasters, a terrorist attack, and now a pandemic. Nightmare Withdrawals exorcises harrowing emotions in a cathartic eruption of tense, textural, and altogether fearless metal. BLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS is a crew of passionate musicians determined to capitalize on a decade of hard work and relentless artistic drive.
With ten years of Australasian touring under their belt, BLINDFOLDED AND LED TO THE WOODS has supported juggernauts like Revocation, Cryptopsy, Aborted, and Psycroptic, as well as icons Sepultura, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Cattle Decapitation. The band recently completed a four-city New Zealand tour with Organectomy and Depths, and they’re ready to hit the stage harder than ever as soon as possible.