"In the Back of Your Mind Part 1" and "Part 2" are heaped with jarring metal guitar work from Randy Wolan, hard knocks from drummer Nate Lester, and pulsating techno beats courtesy of James Ballachino. The frontman sports a curious vocal talent, which ranges from a devilish growl to a caustic roar. The band's mix of energy, rock, and electro can lead to potent, muscular tracks that balance mood and melody well, as in "Moment of Sanity" and "Illumination." Other tunes, such as "Splendid," just feel a little too jumbled, out of step, and campy for repeated listening. The band's cover of the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" is its most awkward moment, poorly re-created with heavy guitars and Ballachino's screams. But throughout the bungling, No Blindfold exhibits an unbounded passion that, at the very least, pleases in its absolute disregard for all things sweet and pandering. Time to open your eyes to this bunch.
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