About Blind Illusion

Mark Biedermann portrait

Mark Biedermann - Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitar


Gear

"Big Mama" 1976 Gibson Les Paul Custom 3
"Mother Superior" 1974  Clownburst  Gibson Les Paul Deluxe  
"Red Hot Mama" Red with Gold Hardware Gibson Nighthawk
"The Bride of Frankenstein" 1972 Gibson SG  The Bride of Frankenstein    
                                                                               
Marshall JCM800  
Boss Roland Octaver
Electro Harmonix Organ C9 Pedal
Pigtronix Frank Marino pedal
Boss Roland Distortion box

Additional Recordings

Blue Öyster Cult – Imaginos 1988  
Heathen - Victims Of Deception 1991
Blue Öyster Cult - The Columbia Albums Collection ‎2012

Doug Piercy portrait

Doug Piercy - Lead and Rhythm Guitar


Gear

TBD

Additional Recordings

Anvil Chorus - Blondes In Black ‎(7", Single) 1982                
Anvil Chorus - Anvil Chorus ‎1983                              
Blue Flames Various - 1984                        
Heathen - Pray For Death ‎1986                
Heathen - Breaking The Silence 1987                    
Heathen - Victims Of Deception 1991                    
Death By Hanging - The Alliance 1997                
Anvil Chorus - The Killing Sun 2009
Heathen - Empire Of The Blind 2020

Tom Gears portrait

Tom Gears - Bass, Vocals


Gear

Lakland DJ-4 - USA Series
LaklandUSA Series 55-94 5 string
Ampeg SVT – 1976
Darkglass B7K - DI

Additional Recordings

Dopesick - Vendetta EP - 2002
The Gun and Doll Show - American Radio 2 - 2005
Snake Plissken Quintet - Live at Grant and Green - 2008
Snake Plissken Quintet -  EP - 2010
The Boarding Party - Buried Treasure - 2014
Aaron Blythe - The Chance for Change - 2014
Blind Illusion - EP - 2018

Andy Galeon portrait

Andy Galeon - Drums

Gear

Vic Firth Sticks Model:3A Nylon Custom (endorsed) 
Yamaha RecordingCustom Birch-Solid Black 22”, 18”, 16”, 13”, 8” 
Evans Hydraulic Black Craviotto Snare Drum 7”x 14” Birch 
SKB Roto Molded Cases

Sabian Cymbals Paragon-neilpeart signature series (endorsed)

Additional Recordings

Death Angel - Heavy Metal Insanity ‎1983                                            
Death Angel - Kill As One Demo ‎1985                      
Death Angel - The Ultra-Violence 1987                  
Death Angel - Frolic Through The Park 1988                                      
Death Angel - Fall From Grace ‎1990                        
Death Angel - Act III 1990                                                          
The Organization - Home Job ‎1992                                        
The Organization - The Organization 1992                                          
The Organization - Savor The Flavor 1995                                          
Big Shrimp - Big Shrimp ‎1998                                    
Swarm - Devour ‎1999                                  
Paranoid Sucka Various - Stranglehold: Punk Rock AcrossAmerica ‎2000                                    
Swarm - Beyond The End ‎2002                                
Death Angel - The Art Of Dying 2004                                      
Depressor - Book Of The Dead 2004                      
Death Angel - Archives & Artifacts 2005                                
Death Angel - Killing Season 2008                                          
Death Angel - Sonic German Beatdown - Live In Germany 2009                                
Death Angel - The Art Of Dying / Killing Season ‎2016                                    
Death Angel - The Enigma Years (1987 - 1990) ‎2020

THE BAND

The Epic Original Progressive Thrash Metal band established in 1978! It's first release featured Mark Biederman, Les Claypool, Larry Lalonde, and Mig Miner on the cult classic album The Sane Asylum.

As of August 10th 2020 we have announce Andy Galeon previously of Death Angel as our new drummer. We have been in the studio recording brand new music and it is sounding killer!! We can't wait to release the first song for you to hear. The current line up features Andy Galeon on Drums, Doug Piercy of Heathen on Guitar, Bassist Tom Gears and Blind Illusion band leader Mark Biedermann!

The sound is heavy and we feel something special is being recorded. Amid these wild times of Covid we are happily laying down some intesnse Thrash Metal for your ears! We will keep you updated as we progress!

HISTORY

Blind Illusion was formed by-15 year old Mark Biedermann, along with drummer Bret Hern and bassist Les Claypool. The band's earliest sound had been musically rooted as progressive metal, with Biedermann citing as his main inspirations Rush, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Van Halen and Jethro Tull. However, external input from later musicians, many with ties to the Bay Area thrash scene would add a Thrash Metal direction to the band. In 1983 live recordings traded by fans with songs like "Death Noise", "Darkness", "Kamikaze",  "World That's an Illusion", "Helter Skelter (Beatles)", and "Concerto"  were part of their set list. Blind Illusion had already released 2 demos by 1983. During this period, Blind Illusion played extensively with bands such as Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Metallica and Possessed playing shows throughout the area throught the 80's. Mark Biedermann took over vocal duties in place of former singer Dave White who left the band to join Heathen and released a third demo Trilogy of Terror that was produced by Metallicaʼs guitarist Kirk Hammett.

Black and white photo of Blind Illusion band members from Sane Asylum album standing together
Blind Illusion Sane Asylum line-up: Marc Biedermann on lead guitar and vocals, Larry Lalonde on guitar, Les Claypool on bass and drummer Mike Miner.

The band also added second guitarist John Marshall (later of Metal Church) who, in 1987, would be replaced by guitarist Larry LaLonde, formerly of pioneering death metal band Possessed. In the same year, Blind Illusion signed a record deal with Music for Nations on their Under One Flag Record/Combat division, with whom the band recorded their debut record in 1987, The Sane Asylum, which was released in 1988. The album was considered a Thrash Metal classic, featuring tracks such as Vengeance is Mine, Death Noise, Kamakazi, Smash The Crystal, Blood Shower etc.. At the same time Mark Biedermann worked with producer Sandy Pearlman in 1987 contributing rhythm and guitar leads on four songs for Blue Öyster Cult on their Imaginos album along side Joe Satriani and Robbie Krieger from The Doors. Metal Mind Productions re-distributed a limited edition pressing of The Sane Asylum in 2007 as the 1988 Combat Records released version of the album had been long out of print. Mark Biedermann reformed Blind Illusion in 2009 with a new-lineup, releasing Demon Master on July 7, 2010. In December 2013, Biedermann bumped into DRIʼs Bass player and Metal Photographer Harald Oimoen in Berkeley, California. Harald called drummer and long time friend Cire the same day to ask him if he wanted to join forces and help put Mark and his legendary music back into the limelight. World in Sound Records out of Germany re-mastered and released The Sane Asylum in March 2015 with bonus tracks from"Trilogy of Terror" demo.

Harald convinced Mark to go back to his roots of Progressive Thrash Metal again after the lukewarm reception to Demon Master. In April 2017 Guitar Legend Doug Piercy who has known Mark since 1982 joined forces with his old friend in Blind Illusion. Due to Haralds conflicting bands scheduling, Tom Gears a veteran of many local bands passed audition instantly, replacing Harald O on Bass. After a successful European Tour in the Summer of 2017 Blind Illusion found itself back in rehearsals working on their new EP 2018. In 2018 Blind Illusion embarked on their second European Tour and were featured at the Keep It True Festival in Germany. After the tour Blind Illusion decided to hit the studio with James Boblak mixing/ engineering and mastered by Legendary Mastering Guru Dave Collins. "2018" EP Produced by Doug Piercy and Blind Illusion.

In 2019 the band reached out to Serg MP the bassist for Bestial Invasion to find a touring partner in Europe. He introduced us the band to Fusion Bomb from Luxembourg. The two bands hit it off right away and scheduled the Slam Asylum 2019 tour of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Special thanks for booking the tour are given to Jochen Boellath from Daredevil Records. Many thanks to one of the bands biggest supporters Paul van Rijswijk, guitarist of the Dutch Heavy Metal band Emerald for booking Blind Illusion on the Heavy Metal Maniacs festival in Amstelveen.

After returning from the tour the band is focused on releasing a new album of original music for release in 2020!

Discography

Studio albums:

The Sane Asylum (2015) ('World in Sound') (OfficialRemastered CD and Limited Issue Gold Vinyl – 12" and 7" set

Demon Master (2010)

2018 EP (2018) (4 Tracks – Race with The Wizard, Ice Sage,Metamorphosis of a Monster, Vengeance is Mine)

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