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Blind Channel “Exit Emotions” album review by Antoine Karam

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Blind Channel‘s latest offering, Exit Emotions, is a thrilling tour de force that cements their position at the forefront of the nu-metal revival. This Finnish powerhouse has always flirted with the boundaries of genre, and their fifth album is no exception, weaving together a tapestry of sounds that feels both nostalgically familiar and exhilaratingly fresh. It’s a record that doesn’t just aim to entertain but to resonate, packing a punch with every track.

From the get-go, Exit Emotions announces itself with authority. The opener, “Where’s The Exit,” is a declaration of intent, blending aggressive guitar work with a seamless mix of rap and melodic vocals that sets the tone for the entire album. This isn’t just a collection of songs; it’s an odyssey through the highs and lows of human emotion, underscored by a musical backdrop that’s as dynamic as it is captivating.

Tracks like “Flatline” and “Deadzone” showcase Blind Channel‘s skill in marrying the visceral intensity of metalcore with the rhythmic allure of hip-hop, creating anthems that are as likely to incite a mosh pit as they are to get listeners moving on the dance floor. The album’s versatility is one of its strongest suits, with songs like “Red Tail Lights” offering a psychedelic solo that leaves listeners craving more, and “Happy Doomsday” flipping expectations with its melodic instrumental divergence.

Yet, it’s not just the sonic experimentation that makes Exit Emotions stand out. The album is a lyrical deep dive into themes of struggle, resilience, love, and loss. It’s this emotional authenticity that elevates the record, making it not just a collection of tracks but a shared experience of catharsis and empowerment. The inclusion of tracks like “Die Another Day,” featuring the hauntingly beautiful vocals of RØRY, adds a layer of emotional depth and showcases the band’s ability to blend vulnerability with their trademark energy.

However, the album’s brevity in some tracks leaves a yearning for more—a testament to Blind Channel‘s ability to create captivating music that leaves an impact well beyond the final note. While some may argue that the album’s tight production and focus on catchy hooks lean too heavily towards pop sensibilities, it’s this very fusion of genres that makes Blind Channel stand out in a crowded field. They manage to strike a balance that’s both commercially appealing and artistically satisfying, a feat not easily achieved.

Exit Emotions is a bold statement from Blind Channel, one that not only solidifies their place in the music world but also pushes the boundaries of what nu-metal can be. It’s an album that’s unafraid to wear its heart on its sleeve, combining raw energy with moments of introspective clarity. In a world where music often leans towards the safe and familiar, Blind Channel‘s Exit Emotions is not just an album; it’s a journey—an electrifying blend of aggression, melody, and emotion that proves once again why they are one of the most exciting bands on the scene today.

Antoine’s Rating: 8.5 / 10

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Tracklist:

01 Where’s The Exit 2:37
02 DEADZONE 2:50
03 Wolves In California 2:41
04 XOXO 2:53
05 KEEPING IT SURREAL 2:54
06 Die Another Day 3:01
07 PHOBIA 2:45
08 Happy Doomsday 2:50
09 Red Tail Lights 2:41
10 Not Your Bro 3:09
11 FLATLINE 2:52
12 One Last Time…Again 3:57

Band Members:
Joel Hokka – Vocals
Niko Vilhelm Moilanen – Vocals
Joonas Porko – Guitar
Olli Matela – Bass
Tommi Lalli – Drums
Aleksi Kaunisvesi – DJ, Percussion

Tickets are on sale now here: https://www.blindchannelofficial.com/.

See below for the complete list of UK dates:

29.03 – Thekla, Bristol
30.03 – KK’s Steelmill, Wolverhampton
31.03 – The Garage, Glasgow
02.04 – Club Academy, Manchester
03.04 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
04.04 – La Scala, London

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