Blind Ego is the solo side project of Kalle Wallner of RPWL. Being a big fan of RPWL, I had meant to check out the last Blind Ego album “Numb” but of course I got distracted by the pile of music that happens to me. So I was glad that Wallner decided to release another Blind Ego album and that it showed up in my review queue.
First off, Wallner is one of the most underrated guitarists on the planet. He has the feel of David Gilmour (of course) but has an added gear that Gilmour doesn’t have or use. One of the nice things about “Liquid” is that it’s more of a prog metal album versus the prog rock that RPWL plays. The songs are all well written, well arranged and have killer hooks.
So what’s my issue with it? Well, there are multiple vocalists which isn’t a bad thing necessarily. The problem is that one vocalist is fucking amazing, Arno Menses of Subsignal (huge fan of his voice) and the other, Erik Ez Blomkvist, I find incredibly annoying. Blomkvist does every cheesy over emotive move in the book and on “Never Escape the Storm” he tries way too hard to sound bad ass. It just never works.
Besides those two, Aaron Brooks of psych rockers Simeon Soul Charger does a solid job on the closing track “Speak the Truth” but again, I kept wondering how it would sound if Menses sang it. It would have sounded better. The instrumental track “Quiet Anger” is a favorite and it points out that maybe no vocalists were needed for ANY of the songs. Panzerballet’s Heiko Jung supplies some SICK bass on the track.
With a few tweaks, “Liquid” could have been an album on my best of 2016 list. The music and melodies are THAT strong. I do hope people check out this album because maybe you’ll like Blomkvist more than I do. But regardless of that, Kalle Wallner shows that he is a great songwriter and multi dimensional guitarist. “Liquid” has no ego attached to it, blind or otherwise.
1. A Place in the Sun
3. What If
4. Not Going Away
5. Never Escape the Storm
6. Tears and Laughter
7. Hear My Voice Out There
8. Quiet Anger
9. Speak the Truth
Label: Gentle Art of Music