· BLINDSTONE - DELIVERANCE AT THE CROSSROADS (GYR184) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. WORLD OF TROUBLE
02. STICK TO YOUR GUNS
03. ONE BEAUTIFUL TRIBE
04. GROOVE NATION
05. DELIVERANCE AT THE CROSSROADS
06. THE SOUND OF MY SOUL
07. SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS
08. WHAT I WANT
09. OLYMPUS
10. ANOTHER DAY
11. DOVE


FORMAT: Audio CD / 4 PANEL WALLET
GYR184 - $14.99

Outstanding 9th studio disc by this awesome power trio from Denmark featuring Martin J. Andersen on guitar & vocals, Jesper Bunk on bass & Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen on drums. Includes 11 tracks of supreme, powerful, blues-based, killer heavy guitar rock mojo that is guaranteed to kick your ass and melt the walls of your good hard rockin' six string jam:house.

Martin J. Andersen is a modern day Danish guitar rock hero riff:master of world class proportions. MJA is a true Six String Renegade axeripper who gives serious guitar rock mojo a new name. Combined with excellent, soul-powered, melodic vocals and the musical talent to nail down strong, memorable songs, Andersen is the authentic real deal. On his latest musical effort entitled "Deliverance At The Crossroads", he has produced & delivered an awesome, classic heavy guitar rock disc that stands tall, shines bright like the sun and lands with endless amounts of strength, focus & excellence.

The Blindstone "Deliverance At The Crossroads" disc is an amazing musical display of bad-ass riffage & lead guitar firepower that is highly recommended to fans of Jimi Hendrix, Frank Marino, Robin Trower, Leslie West, Eric Gales, Lance Lopez, King's X and all the previous excellent, essential Blindstone discs.


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01. WORLD OF TROUBLE
02. STICK TO YOUR GUNS
03. ONE BEAUTIFUL TRIBE
04. GROOVE NATION
05. DELIVERANCE AT THE CROSSROADS
06. THE SOUND OF MY SOUL
07. SHOUTING FROM THE ROOFTOPS
08. WHAT I WANT
09. OLYMPUS
10. ANOTHER DAY
11. DOVE

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The next detonation from Danish Dynamite.

After their last full-length "Blues-O-Delic Celebration" was a cover album, a disc with their own material by the Danish band BLINDSTONE is currently in the starting blocks. With "Deliverance At The Crossroads", the power trio again delivers a branded product with powerful, blues-based hard rock.

It's a bit surprising to hear 'World Of Trouble' keyboards that frontman Martin Andersen took over alongside his six-string. But the keys are used appropriately and discreetly and remain pleasantly reserved on the rest of the album. Otherwise the rustic and muscular blues rock prevails, for which this band has been valued for years. Martin Andersen shines with his great guitar playing and also cuts a fine figure as a singer, even if his voice is a little smooth for this style of music. The rhythm section plays just as confidently and makes a lot of steam with hits like 'Stick To Your Guns', 'The Sound Of My Soul' or 'What I Want'. In addition, with 'Olympus' a very strong instrumental is represented again. The two power ballads, the title track and 'Another Day' are also completely successful. The former is likely to have the most intense and emotional performance of the lead guitar on the whole album, which is also played very well by bassist Jesper Bunk. And finally the semi-acoustic 'Dove' offers a relaxed end.

A special feature of "Deliverance At The Crossroads" is the distinct Hendrix note. The past CDs have already made it clear that the members of BLINDSTONE are fans of JIMI HENDRIX, but the psychedelic-distorted sound of the guitar pioneer has seldom been as immediately present as here, especially heard on 'Groove Nation'.

Stefan Kayser / Power Metal (February 2020)
 


The Danish band Blindstone is not an unknown formation at RockTimes. At the end of 2008, my colleague Markus reviewed two albums in a double pack. Manifesto / Freedom’s Calling received very positive reviews, with "Freedom’s Calling" barely missing the tip, so to speak. There is a long time between the two listed albums and the present record "Deliverance At The Crossroads", in which Blindstone among others "Rise Above" (2010), "Rare Tracks" (2012), "Live In Denmark" (2015) or "Blues-O-Delic Celebration - A Tribute To The Blues" (2017). The combo has a total of nine releases. Martin J. Andersen is still the band leader and Jesper Bunk plucks the bass on "Deliverance At The Crossroads". The trio is completed by Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen (drums).

Apart from the drums, the eleven songs were recorded in Sonic Madness Unlimited (Kolby, Denmark). Drums Recorded at SJJ Productions (Frederikshaven, Denmark). In 2015 Martin J. Andersen competed under his own name with "Six String Renegade".

What a start. "World Of Trouble" blows the strong wind of blues rock straight into your face. The tears of joy flow horizontally from the side of the eyes. Hammer! What the frontman plays together on his guitar consists of the best riffing, intense solo and you can't complain about the songwriting. Breaks are popular. The captivating guitar solo is backed by keyboards. Fits perfectly, as does the Martin J. Andersen vocals! The heavy blues rock gear of Blindstone knows no grains in the gear and already the opener makes a lot of theater.

With so much excellent eddy in the first track, one is already looking for a kind of wellness with the eleven numbers. The title track "Deliverance At The Crossroads" is such a track that brings the ballad-like character of the trio to the fore. It should be clear to everyone that the guitar has a certain dominance. So here too. Martin J. Andersen expresses his emotions through wonderful fretboard rides, which also come across in a defined fiddling. The guitarist is amazingly good because he doesn't overdo these skillful excursions with the fingers. "Deliverance At The Crossroads" is a great flight of hard rock. Class! In the end, "Dove" flies through the air. The front man shoulders the acoustic guitar. Bass and drums act sensitively and so this number floats in an airy atmosphere. Martin J. Andersen can skillfully distance himself from the role of the shouter and get under your skin very sensitively with his singing. Even if the pigeon screwed its way into higher spheres in the meantime, it remains dreamy all around.

"Groove Nation" opens the funky Blindstone page. The six-string insert is accompanied by the wah wah pedal insert for almost the entire song. The "Sound Of My Soul" hits that notch even harder. Long live rock'n'roll. At this point, the hard working rhythm department should also be commended. Just like Jesper Bunk's bass, Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen's drumstick variations are omnipresent and form the basis of the convincing blues and hard rock of Blindstone.

Initial skepticism - without having heard a note from the disc - gave way to the Blindstone persuasiveness from blues rock, hard rock and classic rock.

Joachim 'Joe' Brookes / RockTimes (February 2020)
 


Martin J. Andersen delivers the goods once again: This is the ninth Blindstone CD, and they just get better and better. This is intense riff-rock at its bluesiest best. Although there are several gentle, subtle moments, showing nuance and sensitivity, overall this is a kick-‘em-in-the-face heavy guitar CD, with Andersen right up front doing the bulk of the kicking. He is aided in this musical attack by Jesper Bunk on the low-down and Sigurd Johnk-Jensen on the mighty skins, who, together with the incomparable Andersen, form an unbeatable battle battalion, guaranteed to knock your socks off. ‘Deliverance at the Crossroads’ delivers big time. Hold on to your hats, and let Andersen and company take you for a ride through guitar heaven. A must hear!

Steven J. Rosen / Author + Journalist (January 2020)
 


Three years ago, an inconspicuous blues rock CD from one of our media partners fluttered into the whiskey soda editorial office. Blindstone, an energetic, very passionate blues rock trio from Denmark left a lasting impression with "The Seventh Cycle of Eternity" and not only with us. Although the band around guitarist, singer and mastermind Martin J. Andersen has been producing wonderful music since 2002 and the latest work "Deliverance at the Crossroads" is already studio album number nine, the trio is still an underground secret. The legitimate question arises why such a hard-working and competent blast band rooted in the blues is not much better known.

Anyway, whether you call Blindstone's music blues rock or blues-based heavy rock; the new album is also a small, shining pearl in the dirt of the masses of passionately produced, mass-compatible radio music. As is well known, the cradle of rock music is the blues, and Andersen and his colleagues once again set an impressive monument that has become sound. At this point you just have to highlight the title song. There is no reason why this song could not be equated with the evergreen 'Empty Rooms' of the great Gary Moore. He has the same passion, the same, extensive, masterful guitar solos, the same, warm vocals, the same melancholy lyrics - simply everything that makes up a musical masterpiece.

I'm walking through the dark night
And I feel so alone.
As I'm searching for the right life
And my courage is over thrown.
There's a light, and a sign
and it tells me where to go
No more crying, I breathe a sigh
As I find my
Deliverance at the Crossroads.

Even if the title track stands out, there are more pieces of jewelery and not a single gap filler on "Deliverance at the Crossroads". It doesn't matter whether it's the riff-heavy opener 'World of Trouble', the ultra-groovy rocker 'Stick to your Guns', 'Groove Nation' with its funky impact or the hardboard number with catchy tune 'What I Want' certain something. Blindstone keep the perfect balance between hard riffs, great melodies and masterful mastery of their instruments at all times. Andersen's guitar playing is in a league with the big names of the genre, which the instrumental number 'Olympus' together with the title track proves awesome. On the other hand, he shows that he is also a gifted singer on 'Another Day'. "Deliverance at the Crossroads" is our first album of the month 2020.

Daniel Frick / Whiskey Soda - Germany (January 2020)
 


The mighty Danish power blues rock trio Blindstone return with their latest slab of riff intensity, 'Deliverance At The Crossroads', powered by Martin J. Andersen (guitars, vocals), Jesper Bunk (bass) and Sigurd Johnk-Jensen (drums). Ever since their 2003 debut, 'Manifesto', Blindstone have put out great albums and 'Deliverance At The Crossroads' is no exception to the rule. It goes for the throat straight out of the starting blocks and never really lets up. From the opening notes of "World Of Trouble" to the down and dirty swagger of tracks like, "Stick To Your Guns", "One Beautiful Tribe", "Another Day" to the innovative bluesy textures of the title track, and the album closer, "Dove". There's very little this trio can do wrong. Their chemistry is tight as a glove. You can tell these guys truly love what they are doing. Martin J. Andersen is just an unbelievable talent both vocally and as a guitarist. With bassist Jesper Bunk and drummer Sigurd Johnk-Jensen the trio have an unbeatable combination. If your musical taste fancy the likes of Frank Marino, Robin Trower or Eric Gales, Blindstone is guaranteed to satisfy. If this is your first time reading about this power trio, I recommend checking out the band's catalog and finally discover what some of us have known for years - that this band rocks and are in a league of their own. In today's flood of over produced music, 'Deliverance At The Crossroads' is pure blues rock perfection with the intricity that only these 3 can deliver with many layers of sonic riff intense goodness.

Tony Sison / The Dedicated Rocker Society (December 2019)
 


Well I’ve never hidden my appreciation of the music of Danish blues rockers Blindstone, far from it, a band seldom off my music rotation since I first encountered them quite by chance on Grooveyard Record‘s website. Since that time the band have released in total nine albums if you include their newest ‘Deliverance At The Crossroads‘. Guitarist / lead singer Martin J. Anderson is one of the most underated guitarists in Europe who is capable of playing not only blues rock but has branched out into hard rock & heavy metal with other bands & projects.

With the bass guitar of Jesper Bunk and tub thumper Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen making up the other two thirds of the band, this trio have amply captured in my mind the very essence of blues rock, namely, heavy, dirty groove riffs that demand you crank that damn volume knob right up and wallow in the soundscape now pounding from your speakers or cans!

From the opening notes of ‘World Of Trouble‘ you're pinned against the wall, realising you're in for an absolute audio treat. When comparing ‘Deliverance At The Crossroads‘ with the band’s previous albums there is a definite leaning towards that rockier, dirty end of the blues rock spectrum, an area I like to dwell in, an area that you’ll also find the likes of that man from Hell, Michael Katon, an area quite happy to stick two fingers up to ‘traditional blues’ and just crank and play.

While there isn’t a poor track on the album, there are always going to be tracks that either stand out or just make that connection. One is the title track ‘Deliverance At The Crossroads‘. It’s just over 4 1/2 minutes of instrumental glory, a track that just envelopes you in that afor mentioned soundscape. The guitar playing stands up against any of Martin’s peers. ‘What I Want‘ and ‘Olympus‘ pound and scream, with a heavy guitar sound and frantic bass and drums it’s almost headbanging material. And ‘Dove‘ with its mixture of acoustic and electric guitar beautifully woven, creating a wonderful foot tapping end to what is a superb release.

This for me is potentially a cross over album, appealing to blues rock and rock fans alike. With the band making a welcome return to Ramblin’ Man festival next year here’s hoping they get the recognition they so justly deserve.

Dan Mann / Rockposer (December 2019)
 


This recent release may very well be their best one yet. If you are a fan don't pass or skip on this one. If you're not familiar with Blindstone, they are a heavy blues rock band that can appeal to fans of metal, rock, hard rock, classic rock and blues rock. They seamlessly fuse strong thick riffs with groove and melody. These guys have the secret formula to heavy rock greatness. Thats why I have been huge fan since I heard their first album "Manifesto". It may just be me but the album overall seems a half tick heavier. The last two tracks tone it down a bit and are on the lighter side. And they are really good songs to go along with the rockier ones. As usual the rhythm section rules with Jesper Bunk on bass and Sigurd Johnk-Jensen on drums. I dont see how any lover of heavier rock style music can't like or really Love Blindstone. Martin J. Andersen who is the guitarist and singer, can be in the class photo with any of his contemporaries in the Rock music world today. He lay's down the killer groovy riffs and rippin' amazing solos that always grab you. I also love the album artwork. All their past albums had a cool colorful kaleidoscope psychodelic thing going on. I do love the eagle on black. The starkness of it threw me a bit due to being used to their normal design theme. The inner artwork is cool as well. "Deliverance At The Crossroads" does deliver the rock goods!

Gary Milligan / Amazon Review (January 2020)
 



 


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