||San Francisco, California, USA
July 28, 2021
Forming in 1979, Blind Illusion was an institution in the SF Bay
Area for years, going through numerous lineups and musical styles
(for example, at one point they were a progressive rock band).
The original formation consisted of
David Godfrey (later of
guitarist Mark Biedermann, bassist Alvin Petty, and drummer
Bret Hern, but by the time they were ready to record in 1987, only
Biedermann remained, along with drummer Mike Miner,
guitarist Larry LaLonde (fresh from
and a budding eccentric bassist in one Les Claypool.
The album they recorded, The Sane Asylum
, was a thrash album,
and a very inventive one at that,
highlighted by interesting riffs and
Claypool's inventive basswork that at times hinted at his future.
Soon enough this lineup broke up, with LaLonde and Claypool finding
fame and fortune with
and Blind Illusion faded into obscurity, known as one of those one-hit
wonders (as well as a trivia curiosity given the Primus connection)
and leaving many wondering what might have been.
For years afterward, Biedermann laid low, occasionally doing session
work for bands like the aforementioned
Heathen as well as none other than
Blue Oyster Cult,
but Blind Illusion the band was not heard from.
There was talk of releasing a long-lost second album entitled
The Medicine Show that featured LaLonde and Claypool, but that never
Finally, in 2010, a new Biedermann-led lineup released Demon Master.
Bearing absolutely no similarity to The Sane Asylum
or thrash in general,
Demon Master features some metal influences,
but only some, as the album draws more from pyschedelic rock,
seventies prog, blues, even some funk.
Again the band quickly disappeared following the album release,
not to heard from unil 2020.
Now armed with a couple of metal veterans in Doug Piercy and Andy Galeon,
Biedermann and crew look set to
release a new album, Wrath Of The Gods, in early 2022.
guitars (ex-Possessed, Primus)
bass (Primus, ex-Sausage)
The Sane Asylum
Music For Nations
- The Sane Asylum
- Blood Shower
- Vengeance Is Mine
- Death Noise
- Smash The Crystal
- Vicious Visions
- Metamorphosis Of A Monster
- Heaven's Devils
- Precurser - Demon Master
- Midnight in China
- Cajun Fang
- Storm Cloud