· BLINDSTONE - Freedom's Calling (GYR043) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. Freedom's Calling
02. Can't Be With You
03. Fear
04. Good Time
05. She's So Pretty
06. Sugar Room
07. Waste A Little Time On Me
08. I'd Quit
09. Hang Onto My Love
10. Had Enough
11. Freedom's Calling (Slight Return)
(((Hidden Bonus Track)))


FORMAT: Audio CD / Digipack
GYR043 - $13.99

"Freedom's Calling", the phenomenal, long-awaited, second studio disc by this amazing, bluesy/funky, soul-powered, heavy guitar power trio from Denmark, features 11 tracks (60 minutes) of mega-awesome beyond belief, mind-blowing, Classic, deep, dynamic, retro-70s riffage/grooves that will trip your brain and rock your world. Includes a mind-blowing, killer Frank Marino cover jam featuring "special guest" Lance Lopez. "Freedom's Calling" is a Remarkable bluesy heavy guitar "musical statement" of monumental proportions that also spreads a positive message about the world around us. Outstanding to the Max, brilliant follow-up to the superb "Manifesto" disc.

Hailing from the land of Denmark, Blindstone features Martin J. Andersen on guitar & vocals. Brother Martin is a gifted, true musical Six-String Riffmaster of world-class proportions and a serious "guitar force" to be reckoned with. Combining awesome, brain-damaging, muscular heavy guitar riffage with tons of killer, blues-based, rippin' leads straight from the Hendrix/Trower school of rock complete with outstanding, clean, powerful, soulful melodic vox all make for an incredible, intoxicating brew of bluesy heavy guitar magic. Andersen is the REAL deal, a solid man of Rock and the vast depth & power of his "musical voice" is heard loud and clear on the superb and amazing "Freedom's Calling" disc. The Blindstone power trio "Groove Machine" is rounded out by the bad-ass, funky, low-end, bottom-kool bass riffage of Jesper "Sugar Room" Bunk and Anders Hvidfeldt on powerhouse drums. Bunk and Hvidtfeldt are both amazing, powerful players who lay down excellent, thick, "phat & sassy" rhythm grooves and who contribute greatly to the awesome Blindstone "power trio" sound/vibe. Each and every track on F.C. smokes & delivers the "goods" thru-out and, as an added bonus, "Freedom's Calling" includes a mind-blowing, killer beyond belief cover version of "Had Enough" by Frank Marino featuring "Special Guest" and fellow Grooveyard Axeripper LANCE LOPEZ on bad-ass, rippin' guitar. This amazing track features a ton of high-powered, super-sonic, over-the-top, serious, intercontinental (Denmark meets Texas) bluesy heavy guitar jammimg/warfare @ its extreme best. We are all HUGE fans of Frank Marino @ the Grooveyard and the "Had Enough" jam is our ultimate "musical tribute" to the Canadian Hendrix-inspired 70s Guitar God/Axemaster. "Freedom's Calling" is an amazing, inspired, stellar work of heavy guitar art.

The BLINDSTONE: "Freedom's Calling" disc is an awesome bluesy heavy guitar monster that is HIGHLY recommended to fans of JIMI HENDRIX, ROBIN TROWER, FRANK MARINO, TOMMY BOLIN, EDDIE HAZEL (FUNKADELIC), KING'S X, RICHIE KOTZEN, STEVIE SALAS, LANCE LOPEZ and to people who know what time of day it is when it comes down to serious, timeless, Classic, bluesy heavy guitar power trio riffage that matters. If you love outstanding, bluesy heavy guitar riffage that really delivers, tune into "Freedom's Calling" @ all costs and take an unforgettable, mind-blowing "musical ride" on the amazing Blindstone power trio ::riff machine:: that will Rock and Groove your Heavy Guitar World into one million pieces.

"There's still time to get it together and make this world a better place -
Freedom's Calling"

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MP3 Sample Clips

01. Freedom's Calling
02. Can't Be With You
03. Fear
04. Good Time
05. She's So Pretty
06. Sugar Room
07. Waste A Little Time On Me
08. I'd Quit
09. Hang Onto My Love
10. Had Enough
11. Freedom's Calling Slight Return
(((Hidden Bonus Track)))

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This is not just heavy Blues Rock with a 70s retro feel. This is a tour de force with elegant lyricism, transcendent intensity, and clear technical command. Each of the band members show musical maturity that is rarely demonstrated in this genre, with great dynamic breadth and deft phrasing. Riffmeister Martin J. Andersen, in particular, is to be commended for taking Blues Rock guitar to new heights and, when he teams up with Lance Lopez, as he does on one of the CD's premier tracks, making history by laying down some of the most fluid and tasteful playing known to man. This is enough to make Jimi smile!

Blindstone give listeners a blues-funk experience they will not soon forget. We're talking about a heavy guitar power trio that go beyond the usual blur of notes, with its customary barrage of cascading arpeggio runs. Oh, there's plenty of that, too, but with more taste than you've ever heard before. This is not just a flurry of notes and meaningless guitar gymnastics. This is a symphony of blues-rock bliss, a guitar with a voice, and a band with a vision.

Steve Rosen (Author) (9.08)
 


We were lucky enough to get an advanced listening to Freedom's Calling prior to its official street date and have been anxiously awaiting the full version to arrive in the post. Now that it's here, it is no small undertaking to digest the immense amount of heavy blues-rock that pours out of this opus including the mind-blowing Frank Marino cover "Had Enough" that features a guest appearance by Texan guitarist Lance Lopez. Hailing from Denmark, Blindstone is a power trio that features Martin J. Andersen on guitar / vocals, with bassist Jesper Bunk and drummer Anders Hvidtfeldt. Originally formed in 2001, the band has made it their mission to resurrect the pure essence of '70s rock that aligns with Hendrix, Trower, Marino and Funkadelic's Eddie Hazel. The nucleus of this musical hurricane is the world-class axe master MJ Andersen whose skill with six strings is equally on par with the true greats of the instrument. He slices, dices and boogies his way through a dizzying array of high-powered, riff-heavy tunes guaranteed to blow your mind.

Freedom's Calling is the band's second disc following their 2003 debut Manifesto. It concentrates on the group's ability to write original material while still keeping the sprit of real rock guitar clearly intact. It also just may be the heaviest record The Grooveyard has produced to date - in some cases walking the line toward heavy metal. The title cut "Freedom's Calling" charges out like an enraged rhino with a thunderous roar. The guitar twists and turns through a minefield of bombastic bass and super-sonic drumbeats while the soulful voice fuses it all together. A key selling point is Andersen's raspy vocal chops. Melodic and powerful, it come close to higher registered Davey Pattison (Robin Trower, Gamma) or even Jeff Scott Soto in the more funky moments. The hook-filled "Can't be with You," a Montrose-inspired "I'd Quit" and strutting "She's So Pretty" are essential listening for those who still hanker for mean, sweat-soaked guitar rock.

Both "Good Time" and the phat "Waste A Little Time on Me" are compact Mahogany Rush drenched in the blues with dynamic solo stretches. "Hang onto My Love" is a beefy ZZ Top boogie number with a ton of swagger and plenty of juice in the engine. Andersen's voice is augmented for texture while his guitar feeds off the wah wah to maximize a head full of angled distortion and crushing density. The lead-footed "Sugar Room" is all in the bass and drum groove with stoner distortion and Fu Manchu riffs. Below-the-belt double-entendres buzz about like bees to honey making the most out of clever little lines like "I can't get out of this hole / the sugar room's got my soul" and "my skin is on fire / it's an aching desire / it's payment by the hour". The 15-minute Scorpion-esque reprise at record's end adds an acoustic element that builds into a majestic firestorm of music and politics.

Todd K. Smith (The Cutting Edge) (9.08)
 


To be honest, Denmark are not too frequent on producing bands that really lift your eyebrows. In my case it's limited to bands like Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, Pretty Maids & Volbeat. Well, here's the second album with one of the bands that belong to the aformentioned country, and that made me more than lift the eyebrows. This was more like a straight ahead fist in the solar plexus. Blindstone made their debut with the excellent "Manifesto" and it's now followed up with another shin kicker of the same kind. Heavy, riff-oriented, groovy and with a funkified touch, like a perfect mix between Frank Marino, Stevie Salas and spiritual beggars. Martin J. Andersen, Jesper Bunk and Anders Hvidfeldt is the shit! It's also totally impossible to keep your neck still while listening to stuff like "Good Time", "She's So Pretty" and the phenomenal interpretation of Frank Marino's "Had Enough" with a guest appearance by Lance Lopez.

Janne Stark/Sweden Rock Magazine (9.08)
 


A few months ago I received - like so many times before - an e-mail newsletter from the American record company Grooveyard Records, and to my big surprise I saw that they had released an album by a Danish (!) blues rock band. Now what the hell was this? No less was my surprise when I clicked my way to the label's website to listen to the stuff and practically got blown off my chair by the title track, Freedom's Calling. It goes without saying that the disc was in my mailbox a few days later and at Frisbee speed found its way to my CD-player where it stayed for quite a while. But how can it be that a Danish release of this caliber - and one that has gathered splendid foreign reviews at that - can pass completely unnoticed here in the duck's pond [a popular expression for Denmark], where one usually has a good sense of what's going on beneath the surface? And who are Blindstone anyway? The answers lie with Martin Andersen, the band's singer/guitarist, who was so kind as to do an interview with HiFi Review.

Martin Mathiasen (HiFi Review Magazine - Denmark) (9.08)
Check out Martin's very cool interview in its entirety:
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