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  • Audio CD (14 May 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sst
  • ASIN: B000000M1H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,599 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
The superbly-named Blind Idiot God were an experimental-instrumental-dub-metal threepiece, the members of which were just out of their teens when they emerged in the mid-late 80's, but who possessed a musical ability seemingly beyond their years. Their vocal-less songs tend to revert between two seemingly conflicting styles - prog-metal, combining crushing riffs and feedback/harmonic-noise with progressive song structures and and Ted Epstein's flexible, powerful drumming; and sparse dub explorations, featuring clean, delayed guitar twanging over reggae-esque basslines and spare, accurate drumming.
Along with the likes of Sonic Youth, Big Black and Fugazi, Blind Idiot God can be seen as forerunners of much of today's alternative/experimental guitar-based music; if you enjoy cutting-edge, superbly-executed heavy music that isn't afraid to push the boundaries (or go without a vocalist), track down this album, or the band's second release, Undertow.
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Format: Audio Cassette
The name incidentally comes from a H.P.Lovecraft novel. I remember the impact that this record first had when it first appeared. Here are all the ingredients of greatness: innovation, originality and power. As a three piece instrumental band they played with a fantastic tautness allied to an amazing density of noise when in overdrive. Thier dub instrumentals are utterly inspired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loud, vibrant soundscapes, sans vocals 21 Dec. 2000
By Michael Heminger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Three cheers for the SST records folks for discovering these St. Louis natives way back in the late 80's (got the date wrong again, Amazon). The cover is highly appropriate for the paranoid intensity of this band when in full gear. The disc was split, on vinyl, into orchestral speed-metal lanscapes on side 1 and acid-tinged dub drippings on side 2. The faster titles manage to paint sonic structures that mimic their highly appropriate titles ("Shifting Sand") and the dizzying sojurn through twisting sewerpipes on "Subterranean Flight" is an unforgettable highlight. The dub tunes show a charming approach by these midwestern white geeks who definitely know their chops. Drummer Ted Epstein has brought an almost lyrical approach to the instrument, and holds the 'lead' duties more than guitarist Andy Hawkins, who is too busy painting white-hot screaming dreamscapes to bother with single-string noodling. Very sophisticated and not for the shallow-minded.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A seminal influence on today's best progressive punk/metal 14 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Famed for complaining of Slayer, "great intensity, boring chords!", Andy Hawkins is a predecessor to Helmet's Page Hamilton, Mike and Ian of Don Caballero, and many of the other fine guitarists who have since tried to give advanced musical ideas a bracing rock expression. This debut features a Blue Cheer-strength tribute to Stravinsky, a Meters cover, and three excellent dub instrumentals. The meat of the album however is in the original compositions of this power trio, which are rich in shifting, aggressive rhythms and savage but brilliantly-coloured guitar harmonics. An influence on everyone from the Dazzling Killmen to Ui, BIG really should be a better-known entity. Why is the LP "Cyclotron" not also available?
3.0 out of 5 stars definitely different in that era 13 Oct. 2014
By Lincoln Sander IV - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
I remember seeing these guys a few times at Cb's back in the late 80s', They had a unique and compelling sound. switching from thrash/fusion, into psychedelic dub. I was expecting more of the B.C. production on this album, being familiar with his spacious work with Live Skull. But all in all it's well executed.
4.0 out of 5 stars One big, wet, instrumental masterpiece. 24 Aug. 2006
By Darryl Ehm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Three nerdy white boys riff their way through this excellent release, bouncing from soulful rock to pounding metal to atmospheric jazz and--for a complete curveball--dub reggae. B.I.G. predate Don Caballero by a few years, but their math-metal pedigree remains the standard by which acts like Creta Bouriza, At The Drive-In and By The End Of Tonight thrive upon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars an exploding cauldron 1 April 2004
By baphomette de medici - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
O THIS IS CERTAINLY.kind-of: a very tiny veneered slice of SMOOTH JAZZ kiwi or papaya mixed in a 44 gallon cauldron of hot lead speed metal then shot into space! o i remember being drenched in various alchemical catalysts while paradigms were being sweated right out the ontological system all the whilst listening to this in 1988...on vinyl of course...i wore it OUT...nonetheless, i sort of downloaded it manually back then...but i need i think i believe a CD version of it now. plus the other two. GET ANYTHING BY THIS BAND!
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