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Blynd Delves Into New Album "Liber Sum"

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Three years following the excellent melodic death/thrash album "Punishment Unfolds" (reviewed here), Cypriot metal band Blynd is finally returning with follow-up "Liber Sum," due out next month through Pitch Black Records.

Based around a theme of the legends, history, and personalities from the band's home country, "Liber Sum" sees a shift in sound, but with enough of the core style there that fans won't feel lost. As Blynd puts it, "expect good metal!"

To find out more about the band and this upcoming release, check out our interview below with drummer Alex, guitarist George, and bassist/vocalist Andreas.

xFiruath: Although I've covered quite a few metal bands from Cyprus, I have to say I'm not at all familiar with the country's history, and it seems like “Liber Sum” is absolutely suffused in your nation's historical narrative. What specific events in Cyprus' past should listeners be familiar with, and is this a straightforward retelling of historical events or something more fictional and open to interpretation based on history?

Alex: Cyprus, due to its geographical location, has been a crossroad of civilizations for about 11,000 years. This has always been both a blessing and a curse. During this passage of time the island and the wider region have been a place where influences from East and West met (religion, mythology, empires, kingdoms etc), as the general area from where modern (western) civilization emerged. Liber Sum is influenced by historical facts during these millennia connected to Cyprus proved to be diachronic. Thus, this album is open to interpretation as it does not directly refer to historical events but rather revolves around a central theme – Anthropos (Man).

xFiruath: What's happening with the diabolical figure on the cover of “Liber Sum” and how does it connect to the themes of the album?

Alex: As mentioned, we were greatly inspired by our own history. The diabolical figure on the cover is actually derived by an ancient statue of Cyprus - the Horned God and the ancient Cypriot language. Moreover, “Kerastis,” meaning horned, was another name of Cyprus in ancient times. From then on it has become Gustavo’s take on Liberty, Spirituality and Oppression as it struck him throughout this album.

xFiruath: It's been several years now since “Punishment Unfolds” came out – what has the band been up to since then, and has writing and recording been going on the whole time, or is this is a more recent development?

George: Yes we have been both writing and recording. We didn’t want to rush anything, so we paced ourselves in order to deliver an outcome that is worthy of our, and our fans’, expectations of Blynd.

xFiruath: Are there different formats the album will be available in and are there any bonus tracks that were recorded that aren't currently available on the album?

George: It will be available both in digital and hard form. There are no bonus tracks available.

xFiruath: Musically, what's changed for Blynd in the intervening years from the last album till now? Will fans of the last album be surprised by what's happening on this release?

George: Well, the music is naturally maturing. The fans won’t be surprised by the change, but they’ll certainly notice it. We have been adding atmospheric elements to our music all these years, so this release’s dark atmospheric/orchestral "feel" should come as no surprise. Generally, this is our most focused and personally immersed endeavor to date. Expect good metal!

xFiruath: Do you guys have any other projects – metal or otherwise – going on outside of Blynd right now?

George: Constantinos and Andreas are professional musicians in a Greek rock band here in Cyprus (Prospectus). Alex is also in a prog-rock band called Sensual Alchemist, while I also play in Stormcast (doomy melodeath).

xFiruath: Back to Cyprus a bit, what’s happening your metal scene – is there anything of note going on there, or any particular venues or labels that are really championing musicians from your particular area?

Andreas: The metal scene here is growing and a lot of bands are looking for tours or festivals which is really optimistic. Also our label Pitch Black Records is doing a really good job with all the necessary promotion and support that a band needs.

xFiruath: On a similar note, will Blynd get to hit the touring circuit at all in support of this album and head to other countries to spread some metal?

Andreas: Yes that’s the plan!

xFiruath: For someone who loves the albums but hasn't seen you in an actual performance setting, what's the main difference for fans who get to catch a Blynd live show versus listening to the album?

George: The decibel levels and the energy we bring to the concert!

xFiruath: We're nearing the end of the year now – what albums have been your favorite lately and what's coming out soon you are looking forward to?

Andreas: I really like the last Lamb of God album and I am very interested to see what Gojira will put out next year. Also a local band called Sonik Death Monkey are soon releasing their first full length album, be sure to check them out!!!

xFiruath: Anything else you'd like to add?

Andreas: Thank you Metal Underground for this interview and the support and to all the metal fans be sure to check out our upcoming release “Liber Sum” coming out on the 6th of November on Pitch Black Records. See you on the road, horns up!!!

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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