Covenant ‎– The Blinding Dark

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Tracklist

Fulwell 2:10
I Close My Eyes 5:51
Morning Star 4:21
Cold Reading 4:52
A Rider On A White Horse 5:20
Interlude 1:50
Dies Irae 4:33
Sound Mirrors (Fulwell) 5:03
Interlude 1:07
If I Give My Soul 5:43
Summon Your Spirit 5:20

Versions (11)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
mind 252, Mind 275 Covenant The Blinding Dark(CD, Album) Dependent Records, Dependent Records mind 252, Mind 275 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
none Covenant The Blinding Dark (Complete)(20xFile, FLAC) Dependent Records none Germany 2016
none Covenant The Blinding Dark(11xFile, AIFF, Album) Dependent Records none Germany 2016
MET 1055D Covenant The Blinding Dark(11xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Metropolis MET 1055D US 2016
MET 1055 Covenant The Blinding Dark(CD, Album) Metropolis MET 1055 US 2016 Sell This Version
mind 277, mind 276, Mind 275 Covenant The Blinding Dark(CD, Album + CD, EP + LP, Album, 180 + 2x12", EP, 1) Dependent Records, Dependent Records, Dependent Records mind 277, mind 276, Mind 275 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
mind 275 Covenant The Blinding Dark(CD, Album + CD, EP + Ltd) Dependent Records mind 275 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
met 1060 Covenant The Blinding Dark(CD, Album + CD, EP + Ltd) Metropolis met 1060 USA & Canada 2016 Sell This Version
mind 252 Covenant The Blinding Dark(CD, Album, Unofficial) Dependent Records (4) mind 252 Russia 2016 Sell This Version
mind 276 Covenant The Blinding Dark(LP, Album, 180 + 2x12", EP, 180 + Ltd) Dependent Records mind 276 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
MET 1055 Covenant The Blinding Dark(LP, Album, Ltd) Metropolis MET 1055 US 2016 Sell This Version

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die-wrekt.

die-wrekt.

February 16, 2017
referencing The Blinding Dark, LP, Album, 180 + 2x12", EP, 180 + Ltd, mind 276

Another quality Covenant release. This album really grows on you. The melodies that you expect and electronic grooves are there and memorable.
The bonus EP is on a different tangent, instrumentals ranging between ambient sounds and pulsing techno. An interesting listen.
Nice pressing also.
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Scanner

December 15, 2016
edited 2 months ago
referencing The Blinding Dark, LP, Album, 180 + 2x12", EP, 180 + Ltd, mind 276

A good Album.
In fact, Northern Light, IMO Covenants best Album, is almost 15 years old! And when released 2002, Electronic music was at its peak. And let's keep it realistic: you cannot invent this kind of music from the start again! In addition, we do not get younger... So getting older usually means to get more quiet, more balanced and more harmonic. I can understand that as a band, existing now for more than 20 yrs you want to experiment and not to repeat the stuff you already did 2, 3 or 4 Albums before! So, the original Album is a try (?) to satisfy both and delivers Covenant-quality-EBM for the fans who are used of hits (IMO the track "Cold Reading" is definitely a contribution for those) and their own demand to experiment with music and sharing it with their audience. Either you like it or not and I like it.
Sure, side E and especially C and D2 I cannot stand but side D(1) and F reminds me of the inventing music of forerunners of electronic dance music in the early '90s on Eye-Q and Harthouse like Oliver Lieb with his aliases Spicelab, The Ambush and/or Paragliders!

e: by the way, the (sound)quality of the Vinyl is really excellent!
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marks

December 4, 2016
edited 2 months ago
referencing The Blinding Dark, LP, Album, 180 + 2x12", EP, 180 + Ltd, mind 276
These last ten years have found Covenant releasing what I'd say was the best work of their career and it hasn't been covered at all. Anywhere. They're a very well-known commodity on club playlists and their live shows are thoroughly engaging, year after year they continue to expand their reach around planet Earth. But there's a side to them which will never be performed in front of an audience.

Now we've been given a main album to enjoy by the band and it's already drawn the usual amount of hand-wringing and over-analysis you'd expect; some of it will make you dance, the rest will provoke thought. There's my assessment. The 'Psychonaut' tracks, of which there are eight will do but one thing to those who listen: remove you from your surroundings and take you deep into the forest where these creations came to life. The sequences are grand, the production is raw and the vocals have been shown the door.

This kind of material requires concentration to parse through and at first more than a little patience, do not give up.

"The Blinding Light" sends us on our way, seguing seamlessly from the more accessible daylight side of 'The Blinding Dark'. With it's abrasive opening you'd be forgiven for thinking it was going to be nothing but noise (quiet, please) without an end or a destination... after this palette cleansing, though, the mood shifts and a person can begin to feel the cold seeping in through the cracks in the wall. One doesn't have to be terribly astute to recognize the influence of their country of origin to understand just why the endless and impenetrable darkness carries such a weight. For weeks out of each year there's little to no light in parts of Sweden, they clearly were out to encapsulate this with their equipment.

Serialized installments focused on the topic of Death follow: Ideology, Superstition, Spirituality, Belief and Identity all are reduced to their points of origin. "Death of Identity" might just be the most subversive song Covenant have yet written and not just because of it's length, they're pushed at the endurance of their audience before but they have not managed to cover this much emotional ground previously. This piece moves through the naivety of infancy, the strident passions of youth, the resigned apathy of middle age and the bitterness of the twilight years without ever dropping the ball or losing momentum. It may be the better part of an hour you'll spend with this tune but it's an investment which will reward you increasingly with each visit.

And on the topic of repeated airings allow me to also note the extensive amount of detailed synthesis displayed: every note and every last second of recording space has been saturated with what sounds like a low, throbbing sub-bass. I've gone through multiple settings on my equalizer and it is always present, like the dull beat of a tell-tale heart underneath the floorboards.

There are two more tracks which wrap this massive release up and one of them completely blew me away. I'd never in a million years have expected them to pen a piece like "Wolf Hour". This is an unrelenting, predatory monster which could have gone on for hours and I would have just kept listening. To hear this and then the final composition making up 'Psychonaut', "New Dawn" is to be taken through every last conditional extreme only to notice that you've been lured into an existential, barren wasteland that will probably now kill you.

When they finally do decide to call it a day this will be the crowning achievement, their ingenuity and fearless innovation has now been fully realized
AWW

AWW

November 11, 2016
referencing The Blinding Dark, CD, Album, mind 252, Mind 275
CD, EP is perfection. It is on repeat repeat repeat. Thanks, X