Chennai based metallers Blind Image have just announced their first international tour, which includes gigs across Australia from the 11th to the 19th of November this year. In another surprise announcement, they have revealed that their vocalist David Simon has quit the band, only to be replaced by Noble Luke- acclaimed frontman of Artillerie.
The east coast Australian tour was brought together by The Flaming Arts and Deadsets Promotions. The band will be supported by fellow label mates – Humonic.
Australian audiences can expect a solid dose of extreme/groove metal mixed with earlier circa 90’scontemporary leanings from Blind Image. Having released their second album ‘More Than Human’, Blind Image have moved on to a more mature sound of what they term “intelligent experimental/groove metal” which far removes them from their earlier freshman thrash sounds of “Psychobabble”.
Drummer Krishna had this to say about the tour- “This is very exciting and we are really happy that things are falling into place, finally. We have worked on this so hard with our management flaming arts and our booking Agent Anthony to make it work and we are glad it has finally been announced! This will certainly be a great exposure for us and a massive stepping stone. We have the privilege of being the first Indian metal band to hit the Australian shores and it will be an interesting experience to play along with some really quality bands from Australia such as Dawn heist, Kunvuk and Humonic. Can’t wait for it.”
Blind Image will, as part of their tour, headline the newly coveted Whiplash Festival in Canberra; which boasts of a mixed showcase of the very best in Australian Hardcore, Metal and Rock newcomers.
Debuting as the new vocalist for the metallers will be Artillerie frontman, Noble Luke.
Krishna says- “This was a real hard decision. But, eventually it ended up in a mutual way. We are happy that we are still maintaining a great relationship with David. He has been our best friend for the past so many years which is why we both understood each other’s priorities. With no doubts, David is such a talented vocalist but its just for professional reasons. Both, the band and David felt, parting ways was the best thing for the band. We really wish him a great future and nothing less.”
“Well, Noble Luke is definitely one of the best frontmen in India. We have had a couple of jams over the weekend and the chemistry was just unbelievable. He picked up the songs so quickly and even wrote vocal lines for some new songs. His idea on writing songs is pretty similar to the ideas what we have. So, we really feel that this is going to be a perfect blend. We are sure he is going to take the band to the next level as a front man and we are totally looking forward for our first gig with him.”
Noble Luke says, “The timing for this to happen couldn’t have been any sweeter. I am feeling stronger, better and more creative than ever, and I know Blind Image has been gearing up with a lot of kick ass new material. The collaboration at this point therefore seems perfect by design. I guess I am very fortunate to be on board now, and to work along side this band which has long been championing the causeof metal in the South. I’m getting goosebumps anticipating the carnage justitching to be unleashed. This will be one insane rush.”
The dates for Blind Image’s Australian tour are:
11TH NOV – THEPRAGUE, THORNBURY VIC
12TH NOV –WHIPLASH FESTIVAL, CANBERRA ACT
13TH NOV – THEVALVE BAR, SYDNEY NSW
18TH NOV – THE JUBILEEHOTEL, BRISBANE QLD
19TH NOV –SHEPPARTON HALL, SHEPPARTON VIC
Sponsors : VATER, SOULTONE, SONOR, ENGL, SLUDGE FACTORY, VOLTAGE MEDIA, WHIPLASH FESTIVAL