3 Aug 2021
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Christchurch-based progressive death metal outfit Blindfolded and Led to the Woods are undertaking a nationwide tour in support of their third album, the mighty Nightmare Withdrawals, which was released earlier this year to massive acclaim by critics and fans alike. This album saw Blindfolded and Led to the Woods taking their already unstoppable craft to the next level of technical decimation. Fuelled by trauma, yet wholly cathartic, Nightmare Withdrawals’ sinuous songs exhibit technical mastery and raw emotionality, exorcising harrowing emotions in a cathartic eruption of tense, textural, and altogether fearless metal.

It received a rave 5* review from www.muzic.net.nz where they said “What we have here is an incredible sense of maturity which adds to the sheer depth and breadth of this release. When they are at full pelt then the music is driving and powerful, and it is easy to look past the complex patterns coming from the drums, the rough buzzsaw bass, or the twin guitars which lock in as one and mix together multiple different death and black metal styles, with wonderful growls from singer Stace Fifield… this is going to stay on repeat as extreme music rarely gets better than this.”

It also received international praise from the likes of Decibel Magazine, “This New Zealand tech death band keep their music dizzying, disorienting and ultimately, violent. ‘The White Of The Eyes’ is over before it began, only making it more of a mindfuck… Imagine a band that grew up on the grindier side of deathcore à la the Red Chord discovered Gorguts.”

This uncompromising act have been creating a real noise over the last few years, and those who were fortunate enough to see them open for Death Angel and Sepultura are unlikely to ever forget the experience. Now the quintet of Ben Atkinson (guitars), Stace Fifield (vocals), Stuart Minchington (guitars), Nick Smith (bass) and Tim Stewart (drums) are bringing that aggression and power to a city near you, ensuring everyone can experience the metallic onslaught that is Blindfolded and Led to the Woods. The band are taking the opportunity to also showcase some other great local acts along the way, and full details of the dates, venues and guests can be found on the last page. Tickets can be obtained from Cosmic Ticketing.

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