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Blind Channel – Lifestyles of the Sick & Dangerous

Blind Channel - Lifestyles of the Sick & Dangerous

3.2

Rating

3.2/5

Flyctory.com Pros

  • Some really good songs
  • A lot of talent
  • Nice wide range of sounds / styles

Flyctory.com Cons

  • Too many songs feel similar
  • First half of the album is much better than the second one.

Interesting post-hardcore / nu metal from Scandinavia: while Blind Channel was rather successful on national level so far, their new album Lifestyles of the Sick & Dangerous feels to boost the band’s career. Release date of the album is 8th July 2022.

 

Blind Channel – About The Artists

Blind Channel are a post-hardcore band from Oulu, Finland. The band has been founded in the Northern Finnish city in 2013. They already had some regional success rather early and even had a first EP release (Antipode, 2014). One year later, they released another EPForeshadow. While the bands first three albums have been rather successful on a national level, all being around Top 30 in Finland, Lifestyles of Sick & Dangerous feels to be more international. The leading single Dark Side has not only been a chart-topper in the band’s home country, but also had chart placements in other countries like Germany or the United Kingdom. A big event for Blind Channel was representing their country at the Eurovision Song Contest.

 

Blind Channel – Lifestyles of the Sick & Dangerous – Track by Track

The eleven track album lasts 35 minutes.

1. Opinions

After a short intro-alike part, the opener Opinions is already a nice showcase of the style of the Scandinavian band: rather melodic parts battle with rap episodes, the chorus is then clearly written and arranged for electric guitar lovers. Modern and energetic.

2. Dark Side

After Options, the album features three songs, which have already been released as singles. Overall, five out of eleven tracks are already known to Blind Channel fans. This one, Dark Side, rather feels like a harder alternative song to me. Quite a lot of synth and rap parts. The chorus is very energetic, but could even have more riff power.

3. Don’t Fix Me

The band is working quite a lot with keyboard sounds. Thus, it is not surprising that Don’t Fix Me introduces the keyboard theme right at the beginning. There are even some shouting-alike vocals in here. The song is rather short (2:53 minutes). Together with shuffling the different styles, this leads to a very entertaining listen.

4. Bad Idea

Bad Idea is not only closing this block of single release – it is also slightly softer than the song before. Not that many metal elements, but a very melodic rock listen. Good song.

5. Alive Or Only Burning

Especially the first part of the song comes with a lot of rap, metal, a bit of shouting. The chorus is a nice one, the remaining song is just average to me.

6. Balboa

Another single release: Balboa has a very atmospheric arrangement with a really good and present chorus. One of my favorite tracks of the album.

7. National Heroes

The 1:32 minute National Heroes is rather an interlude than a “full” track.

8. We Are No Saints

Saints go marching in are the first lyrics of the eighth song. A song, which is pushing the metal parts rather hard, but then also feels a bit of too gentle in the alternative and melodic parts. The backing vocals giving a choir atmosphere are an interesting element, indeed. Nonetheless, I prefer other songs of the album.

9. Autopsy

Autopsy uses a lot of electronic sounds and thus almost feels like a pop track, if there weren’t scattered rock elements. Overall, the song is confusing me.

10. Glory For The Greedy

Did I listen to this one already? Luckily, there are lyrics in (some parts of) music, so that songs have another way to differentiate. Even despite the different styles and all the breaks in the song, Blind Channel does not manage to catch me in the second half of the album as much as they did in the first part. Finally, there are too few surprising parts.

11. Thank You For The Pain

Thank You For The Pain closes the album with some quite pop-alike part, but there are also some nice listens for rock lovers. Nonetheless, the song does not really offer something new to me. It’s a solid one, rather close to other songs. Nice to hear some Finnish at the end of the 5:36 minute song.

 

Blind Channel – Lifestyles of the Sick & Dangerous – Spotify

Here is the album on Spotify:

 

Blind Channel – Lifestyles of the Sick & Dangerous – My View

I had a really good feeling when I selected Lifestyles of the Sick & Dangerous for my review section. However, I just cannot deny a certain level of disappointment. The quality of some songs is just not good enough and too many songs finally feel to be too similar. Bad luck, as these guys really could be really, really great. I guess they are more fun live on stage – but this album is in the average range only.

 

Blind Channel – Sick & Dangerous Tour 2022

Blind Channel have been starting to promote their album in their home country before the album release already. They will have an extentive European Tour thereafter:

Su 10.07.2022 Novi Beograd (Serbia) – Exit Festival
Fr 15.07.2022 Vihti (Finland) – Hiidenkinnu Festival
Sa 16.07.2022 Rovaniemi – Rock In The City
Su 17.07.2022 Joensuu – Ilosaarirock
Fr 29.07.2022 Oulu – Qstock 2022
Sa 30.07.2022 Kuopio-  Kuopiorock
Do 04.08.2022 Wacken (Germany) – Wacken Open Air
Sa 06.08.2022 Järvenpää (Finland) – Järvenpää Soi
Fr 12.08.2022 Lahti – Möysän Musaklubi
Sa 13.08.2022 Turku – Knotfest
Sa 20.08.2022 Rovaniemi-  Santa Open Air
So 21.08.2022 Pori-  Rock In The City Extra
Fr 26.08.2022 Savonlinna – Saimaa Hehkuu
We 31.08.2022 Hamburg (Germany) – Knust
Th 01.09.2022 Berlin – Lido
Sa 03.09.2022 Dresden – Kulturzentrum Strasse E
Su 04.09.2022 Nuremberg – Hirsch
Mo 05.09.2022 Munich – Backstage Halle
Tu 06.09.2022 Stuttgart – Im Wizemann
We 07.09.2022 Frankfurt – Zoom
Fr 09.09.2022 Bochum – Zeche
Su 11.09.2022 Cologne – Kantine
Mo 12.09.2022 Bristol (United Kingdom) – Thekla
Tu 13.09.2022 Glasgow – Carthouse
We 14.09.2022 Manchester – Rebellion
Th 15.09.2022 London – O2 Academy Islington
Fr 16.09.2022 Nottingham – Rescue Rooms
Sa 17.09.2022 Birmingham – O2 Academy Birmingham
Mo 19.09.2022 Antwerp (Belgium) – Kavka
Tu 20.09.2022 Tilburg (Netherlands) – Poppodium 013
We 21.09.2022 Paris (France) – O’Sullivans Backstage
Fr 23.09.2022 Madrid (Spain) – Sala Caracol
Sa 24.09.2022 Barcelona – Sala Boveda
Mo 26.09.2022 Zurich (Switzerland) – Plaza Club and Bar

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