Though at its core heavy metal, Blind Idiot God’s music was informed by punk rock, dub reggae, and classical music composers, notably György Ligeti and Igor Stravinsky. In a 1997 Guitar Player interview, Hawkins explained one reason he drew inspiration from classical music: “When I listen to a lot of metal and hard rock, I think ‘Great Intensity! Boring chords!’”
Critical opinion of the band was mostly positive: Brian Olewnick described their self-titled debut album as “an extraordinary debut (…) the three musicians exhibited startling originality and impressive technique both on their instruments and in the depth and style of their compositions;” while Piero Scaruff writes, “The ugly geometry of its mini-rock symphonies had few precedents in popular music … (Blind Idiot God) deserve the title of precursors and founding fathers of math rock.”
The phrase “blind idiot god” comes from horror writer H. P. Lovecraft’s description of the god Azathoth.
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