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BLIND ILLUSION is a progressive thrash metal band formed in 1979. They played a key role in the Bay Area thrash metal scene, in addition to boasting progressive rock influences. They were originally formed as a progressive rock band in their early days, but emerged into the thrash metal scene combining progressive rock and thrash metal, creating a unique sound. They have released many demos, but have only released one album in 1988.

This one album titled "The Sane Asylum" could arguably be the first progressive metal album ever. 1989 was when some key albums were released, but in 1988 there was very little progressive metal around, if any at all. This album is excellent, and many of their demos are very good as well. They announced they are coming back in later 2009, but without Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde, time will tell if they can pull off another great album.

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Approved by the progressive metal team, and contributed to the formation of progressive metal.

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

2 stars I cannot believe I am the first reviewer of this important album in the history of progressive metal. OK, it is not easy to find, but still...........

This is probably the first ever progressive thrash/black/speed/death metal album ever. Rush or even Saga may have been there first. But they were at best progressive heavy metal. The Sane Asylum is a different kettle of fish altogether.

The basis in the music Blind Illusion does is bay area thrash metal. The finest exponent of that scene is Testament. The music on The Sane Asylum can be compared to Testament's first two albums. But there is a difference. Blind Illusion sometimes venture into a landscape occupied by the likes of Queensryche and Iron Maiden. This is not a straight thrash metal album by any means. It is pretty quirky and weirdo. It is progressive metal through and through. I guess there is no surprise that half of Blind Illusion later formed Primus.

Quality wise, this is not a great album. It has some good ideas and that is all. None of the songs here has survived the test of time. It is an album well worth checking out due to it's status. Besides of that; it is best ignored. But all praise to Blind Illusion for the effort and this album.

2 stars

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