"Rise Above", the beyond excellent third studio disc by this outstanding, bad-ass, killer power trio "riff:machine" from Denmark, features 10 tracks (58 minutes) of powerful, hard-hitting, groove-induced, soul-powered, bluesy heavy guitar three piece rock of world-class proportions. From start to finish, an amazing display of incredible, blues-based guitar heavy riffage.
Fronted by the talented/gifted Martin J. Andersen on guitar & vox, the Man is an awesome "six string rock machine" who is prolific in his Hendrix-inspired musical output. An unstoppable heavy guitar tour de force complete with excellent, soul-powered vocals strongly define his vast musicality as he speaks volumes through his instrument. Anderson is a true riff:master who knows what time of day it is when it comes down to the riffage that matters. Blindstone also features the talents of Jesper Bunk on Bass and Anders Hvidtfeldt on Drums, both awesome players who deliver the Blindstone "Groove Machine" message on solid ground. Brothers Bunk and Hvidtfeldt lock in and nail down a strong musical foundation for Andersen to rip up his guitar with style, class and authority. Blindstone gives the term "power trio" new meaning. True to their heavy 70s roots, Blindstone digs in deep, trips the riffage fantastic and will definitely rock your ass off.
"Rise Above" also features two phenomenal Special Guests: Ty Tabor (King's X) who lands on the "title" track for an amazing, deep extended lead solo that will blow your heavy guitar mind. Also of special note, Ty Tabor mastered the "Rise Above" disc to complete the awesome, powerful "sonic delivery". Poul Halberg (one of Denmark's best rock guitarists) also lands on an incredible, hard-assed, funky version of "House Burning Down" by Jimi Hendrix. This is one of the most difficult and challenging Hendrix Jams known to man. Martin J. Andersen & the Blindstone Brothers along with Poul Halberg definitely do serious, legitimate musical justice to this amazing, timeless heavy guitar track and it lands as one killer jam that needs to go down in the Danish music history books. We are all HUGE fans of the King's X riff:master (Ty Tabor) and the ever-amazing Poul Halberg @ the Grooveyard and it was an honor working with both of these exceptional, talented axemasters on the "Rise Above" disc.
The Blindstone: "Rise Above" disc is Highly recommended to fans of JIMI HENDRIX, ROBIN TROWER, FRANK MARINO, ERIC GALES, LANCE LOPEZ, KING'S X, RICHIE KOTZEN, STEVIE SALAS, etc. and to fans of the two previous awesome BLINDSTONE discs. If you dig serious bad-ass, blues-based heavy guitar power trio rock, tune in @ all costs.
"Rise Above" is a true testament that REAL Hendrix-inspired heavy guitar rock still lives today in the form of Blindstone and their killer riffage. Classic and Essential is an understatement.