Blurred Visions: A Clear Vision for Rock Posted November 04, 2021 By RyanAdams_NRT, Staff Reviewer
What You Need To Know
Idle Threat's Blurred Visions (stylized as blurred visions) is the rock band's first full-length album. Currently signed to Tooth and Nail Records, they are a rock trio with post-hardcore influences.
What It Sounds Like
If you enjoyed rock bands of the late 2000s, such as Norma Jean, Anberlin, and Emery, then you'll love blurred visions. Idle Threat's music features a fusion of genres; post-hardcore elements containing screaming and hardcore musicianship mixed with ambient rock. This means that there's plenty of time to headbang, but also enough time to sit down and reflect. Some of the band's heaviest songs and melodic songs are present on this record.
Idle Threat holds nothing back when it comes to deep content. They pour their heart and soul into blurred visions. The theme is about control in our lives. How life is when circumstances are going well and how we find peace without much control present. Songs like "Driftwood" address the fading in and out of reality and calls out to be brought into a place of peace.
Some songs, such as "Simon," lean more into faith, offering biblical references and hope. "Simon" seems to take influence from struggles that the apostle Peter went through. blurred visions comes to a fitting close with "No Turning Back" surrendering, "So I let go/My illusion of control."
In an album so full of variety and emotion, it's hard to pick one song. "No Turning Back" has high-energy that gives the album a much-needed kick. It also has relatable lyrics, which offers the listener a time of reflection. It also wraps up the message of blurred visions well, as every great closing song should do.
Bottom Line blurred visions has sounds that are reminiscent of post-hardcore from years past. But, it also has a uniqueness that only Idle Threat can offer. Ernie Fabian's and Zeke McKinney's vocals aren't the most stand-out in the genre, but are definitely where they need to be (yes, they still sound great). Some may be surprised by the variety of genres and styles; this is showing the band's refusal to be boxed in. Listen to the album and enjoy the music.