· BLINDSTONE - Greetings From the Karma Factory (GYR091) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. ROCK YOUR MOJO
02. STRUCK DOWN BY THE BLUES
03. FREE
04. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
05. KARMA
06. WHAT YOUR LOVIN' CAN DO
07. IN THE GROOVE OF THINGS
08. ONCE MORE
09. LIFE STARTS OVER
10. TRYING
11. OCEAN OF TIME


FORMAT: Audio CD / Digipack
GYR091 - $14.99

Mega-awesome 4th studio disc by this outstanding power trio from Denmark featuring 11 amazing tracks of brain-damaging, powerful, hard-hitting, blues-based retro-70s heavy guitar rock that will blow your musical mind and rock n' roll your soul.

Martin Andersen is a true guitar hero, an incredible bad-ass six string rock machine. His killer riffage on the "Karma Factory" disc lands @ nothing less than spectacular as he rips & tears his way through this amazing set of outstanding heavy rock mojo. Blindstone is completed by the "groove machine" rhythm section of Jesper Bunk on bass and Anders Hvidtfeldt on drums, both excellent power trio players who deliver rock solid.

From the killer opening riff:monster, "Rock Your Mojo", to the phenomenal last stellar track, "Ocean Of Time" (an epic 10 minute instrumental of monumental heavy rock proportions), the stellar Blindstone: "Greetings From The Karma Factory" disc is all about the rock. Highly recommended to fans of Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, Frank Marino and to people who dig serious "old-school" 70s heavy guitar rock with a modern edge.

Get ready to Rock your Mojo on the Killing Floor with the riffage that matters. Prepare to be Struck Down Hard By the Blues @ the Blindstone Karma Factory. An incredible display of serious power trio rock mojo. Blindstone have arrived.


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01. ROCK YOUR MOJO
02. STRUCK DOWN BY THE BLUES
03. FREE
04. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
05. KARMA
06. WHAT YOUR LOVIN' CAN DO
07. IN THE GROOVE OF THINGS
08. ONCE MORE
09. LIFE STARTS OVER
10. TRYING
11. OCEAN OF TIME

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· reviews ·

You just have to hear an album proud enough to boast the name, Greetings From The Karma Factory, don't you? Denmark's finest, Blindstone, welcoming us into this top secret location way back in 2012. So why the review now? Well because it's a stonkingly awesome illustration that what you need to live life with a manic grin on your face is riffs the size of mainland Europe and grooves so deep, if you were to fall into one, you'd be lost for all eternity.

Led by the mighty master of riffage, Martin J Andersen, Blindstone are a power trio to end power trios, bassist Jesper Bunk only hammering out the thickest, fullest, richest of hip gyrating insemination, while drummer Anders Hvidtfeldt nails everything so firmly to the floor, the only way to move them would be to demolish the whole damn building – and even then, they'd probably survive the blast. Looking for a rich, staccato guitar cavalcade? Then feel "Free" my friend, as Andersen rips out one of many captivating, reality altering solos. Do you deserve good times to come rolling in on an authentic gallop of guitar goodness? Well, that is "Karma", a Hendrix vibe made to feel thoroughly modern, just not in a way that betrays the love for the music Blindstone so obviously have. "What Lovin' Can Do" slows the whole shebang down, emotion running freely from the frets of Andersen and Bunk, the touch and tone of the pair a thing to behold. While "In The Groove Of Things" couldn't be better named if its life depended on it, although the heavy undertones of the singing resonant guitar offers a clever counterpoint; illustrating the love and care that's gone into each and every note on this album perfectly. The same can be said for the vocals, Andersen excelling in that department too, his impassioned but never OTT approach the hand in glove fit for music that often likes to do the talking, but knows when to leave the space for another aspect to come in and up the ante even further.

My only regret regarding Greetings From The Karma Factory is that I didn't pick up it on some four years ago when it was first released. I mean how have I existed without the easy power of "Once More", southern tinged "Trying", or utterly indispensable "Struck Down By The Blues" and "Rock Your Mojo"? I can only urge you to get over to Grooveyard Records and sample for yourself, you'll soon be asking the very same question!

Steven Reid / Sea Of Tranquility (May 2016)
 


The powerhouse blues rock trio from Thisted, Denmark known as Blindstone are back with their fourth studio release, 'Greetings From The Karma Factory'. An album that goes for the throat right from the start and does not let go. Like your blues rock music heavy?, Like it born with soul? If you do then it's time you get a taste of what Blindstone has to offer. This band lays it down like no other. Martin J. Andersen on guitars & vocals, is an unbelievable guitarist and incredibly soulful singer, Jesper Bunk is a supremely talented bassist and Anders Hvidtfeldt is a killer drummer. 'Greetings From The Karma Factory' is the epitome of what a powerhouse blues rock recording should be and should sound like. This album is packs some serious mojo! For me, this album gets better and better with each listen. Standout tracks are, "Rock Your Mojo", the song has that Mahogany Rush flavor to it. Then there are, "Struck Down By The Blues", "Catch Me If You Can", "What Your Lovin' Can Do", which gives off that Robin Trower vibe and the band's take on a Journey song from the band's 'Next' album with 'Karma'. Martin J. Andersen, who I consider a true "Axe-Man", gets his opportunity to let his fingers do the talking on the album closing , ""Ocean Of Time", clocking in at over ten minutes this song is an instrumental scorcher of epic proportions! Andersen's guitar solo that closes the song gave me goose bumps! 'Greetings From The Karma Factory' by Blindstone is an extremely powerful album. Give it a listen and you'll soon be satisfied. You need this album...believe me. - Highly Recommended

TONY SISON - The Dedicated Rocker Society / All Access Magazine (June 2014)
 


Blindstone is a true throwback in the most reverent sense of the word…sort of like that tricked-out vintage hot rod that made your hair stand on end whenever you saw – or heard – it go by on the street. You know what I mean…The REAL Deal. Unlike the redundant heavy pop groups that currently claim the territory of “rock band” in today’s homogenized paint-by-numbers mediocrity masquerading as a music scene, Blindstone shows us what it’s all about…and how it should be done.

Do you remember when the riff ruled? When the grooves were so thick that you couldn’t cut them with a chainsaw? When the leads were hot and stinging and sharp like an white-hot acid-etched razor blade? When the wah wah screamed out like a psychedelic attack helicopter on a strafing run? Well, Blindstone does, and they herald a welcome return to a time when it was all about the riff. And all about the groove. And all about the music. The first licks of “Rock Your Mojo” sets the tone for this heaviest of riff rides through manic mojo vintage power trio heaven and continues nonstop until the last psychedelic swirls on the CD fades to black.

Martin J. Andersen lays everything bare from the get go and takes no prisoners with his singular “scorched earth” approach to his well-honed craft. He’s got a vibrato shake that slams the neck like a jackhammer. He’s raw yet refined, unleashing his patented brand of sonic mayhem with taste, control, searing tones, deep feeling and unrelenting drive. He’s so totally organic that it almost seems like the riffs that explode from his amp start somewhere from deep inside his solar plexus. Add Jesper Bunk sledge hammering and piledriving on the bass and Anders Hvidtfeldt slamming and wailing on the skins, and what you get is a three headed riff machine psychically connected at the medulla oblongata. These three guys are of one like mind, and that truth really shines through in everything they play together; they are a true band…and they sound like it, redefining the concept of “tight.”

Greetings from the Karma Factory reaffirms Blindstone as Supreme Rulers of the Riff and Great Gods of the Groove, and may they continue to generate the Good Musical Karma that is so sorely lacking within today’s musical landscape. So go ahead…take a thrill ride in Blindstone’s high performance musical hot rod. Why not? They have it…we need it…and you’ll love it.

Jimmy Ryan (Truth Squad) (November 2012)
 


You may not have heard of Martin Andersen, but you should. We're talking about a true guitar hero whose karma is about to catch up with him -- in a good way! Karma refers to the principle of causality, that is, "for every action, there is an equal and commensurate reaction." The truth of this teaching comes through on the first song, "Rock Your Mojo" (with lyrics penned by Joe Romagnola of Grooveyard Records). Here we learn that just as the 70s guitar maestros "borrowed" material from the blues guys of old, so too do the modern-day virtuosos take their cue from the 70s guitar heros. That's karma, folks! But this CD is more about the music than the lyrics. We're talking about stellar playing of a superior order -- intergalactic karmic rhythms laced with guitar-chops from another realm. Aided by the superb rhythm section of Jesper Bunk on bass and Anders Hvidtfeldt on drums, Andersen shows us that Blues-Rock is here to stay, and that the visionary guitarists who taught us how to feel in the 60s and 70s have been reincarnated in this six-string phenomenon.

Steve Rosen (Author) (4.12)
 


Every Swedish kid who went to Copenhagen in the eighties know what Danish Dynamite is. Well, Blindstone is here now to teach the kids of today a new meaning to the term Danish Dynamite. This time we're not talking strong intoxicating Danish beer, now we're talking strong intoxicating Danish riffs! "The Blindstone groove is here to stay", sings main man Martin J. Andersen, and damn it he's right. The band has never failed to make a strong release in the past, and this time it's no different. Well, I actually think, which I may have said every time, this IS the band's strongest release to date! The band has such an incredible swagger and groove it's totally infectious. There's no way in hell you can sit still listening to this Karma Factory Greeting. I mean, from the first riff to the last, this power trio bursts out one hook after another, one groovy beat after another and one fat riff after another. Bassist Bunk and drummer Hvidtfeldt pave a strong, funky and groovy foundation for singer/guitarist Andersen to just spread his wah-wah infused bleeding riffs all over. He's also got a perfect vocal capacity for the whole thing to melt together. Some of the riffs may be meat and potatoes, but in this case that's what makes it such a great album. To add bells and whistles would be all wrong. This album bursts on like an old steady locomotive, breaking down any barrier, kicking out the jams and mows all over any modern sissy pop melodies. This is the blues meets hard rock, in it's purest form and shape. Fans of Mountain and Mahogany Rush, your prayers have been answered.

Janne Stark (Fuzz Guitar Magazine - Sweden) (5.12)
 


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