Blindside is a Christian post-hardcore band from Stockholm, Sweden. They formed in 1994 as Underfree and kept that name for two years before releasing their debut EP in 1996.


In 1996 Blindside, released the Empty Box EP on Day-Glo Records. In 1997, Solid State Records got a hold of the EP and signed Blindside to their label. 1997 Blindside debuted in Sweden with their self-titled debut, a collection of old and new songs that were based on singer Christian Lindskog’s life at the time. The disc was released later that year in the U.S. by Tooth & Nail. In 2000, A Thought Crushed My Mind was released. A Thought Crushed My Mind was more harsh and hardcore than the band's debut, and vocalist/chief lyricist Christian Lindskog also voiced his pain of missing his wife, Elina, while touring. Due to lackluster sales of the two albums, it would be Blindside's final album with Solid State. Fellow group P.O.D. began actively endorsing Blindside and signed them to Elektra Records under the imprint 3 Points.

In 2002 Blindside released Silence. It generated hits such as "Sleepwalking", "Pitiful," and "Caught a Glimpse." The appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and sang "Pitiful". In 2003, they toured with Hoobastank to support the album. In 2003, the Warner Music Group was sold to private investors, leading Elektra to drop Blindside. The Blindside Union and P.O.D. Warriors, the two bands' street teams, stepped in to help in promotion. Blindside sold out five of the shows they headlined in 2004. However, the headlining tour was marred by several incidents. First, their tour bus crashed and was in disrepair, forcing the band to rent a van. Secondly, their last show in Bartlesville, OK had to be canceled. After dining in a restaurant in Dallas, TX, they found everything in their rental van stolen, including passports and money.

In 2004, About a Burning Fire was released. It generated a minor hit in "All of Us." The album showed the band toying with their diversity, as they threw in techno elements in "Where The Sun Never Dies" and yodeling Swedish vocals in the ethereal "Shekina". "Shekina" is a Jewish and Christian name for the outer presence of God's glory, and this song title expresses Blindside's spiritual side in their music. "Shekina" was used on WWE DVD, Cheating Death, Stealing Life - The Eddie Guerrero Story. Following in 2005, Blindside re-released their two Solid State LPs with bonus tracks and new cover art. A DVD titled Ten Years Running Blind was released on June 21, 2005, and a new album, The Great Depression, was released August 2 2005. The Great Depression showcased Blindside experimenting with multiple new genres. Many jazzy elements were incorporated, such as "My Alibi" and "City Lights." Guest vocalists were incorporated, namely Ilkka from Benea Reach and Selfmindead, as well as J. Jamte. Ilkka sang alongside Christian Lindskog in "Come To Rest", while J. Jamte contributed to "You Must Be Bleeding Under Your Eyelids."

Blindside released a new EP, The Black Rose EP, on June 27, 2007 and toured the United States in support of it in late 2007. This album included five new songs and three live songs, and was (and is) only available online.

Blindside has been performing new song called "Remember December" from their upcoming album. also Christian and Simon have been performing in a side project named Lindforest.



Title Year Label Billboards Producer Reviews
Empty Box EP 1996 Day-Glo Records Lasse Marten
Blindside 1997 Day-Glo / Solid State Lasse Marten
A Thought Crushed My Mind 2000 Solid State Andre Jacobsson
7" inch vinyl 2001

Silence 2002 Elektra #83 (US) Howard Benson
About a Burning Fire 2004 Elektra #39 (US) Howard Benson
Blindside (re-release) 2005 DRT
A Thought Crushed My Mind (re-release) 2005 DRT
The Great Depression 2005 DRT #89 (US) Lasse Marten
The Black Rose EP 2007 (Independent) Blindside
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Year Title Chart Positions
US Mainstream Rock US Modern Rock
2002 "Pitiful" #18 #36
2003 "Sleepwalking" #31
2004 "All of Us"
2005 "Fell in Love with the Game"


Title Album
King of the Closet A Thought Crushed My Mind
Silence Silence

Pitiful Silence

Sleepwalking Silence

All of Us About a Burning Fire

About a Burning Fire About a Burning Fire

Fell in Love with the Game The Great Depression

When I Remember The Great Depression

Media appearances

  • "Swallow" (from About a Burning Fire) appears on the "Need for Speed Underground" video game and in the Unreleased beta of Need For Speed: Carbon.
  • Blindside performed "Pitiful" on the Conan O'Brien Show on September 11, 2002
  • Blindside was mentioned on "IMX" by P.O.D.
  • Billy Corgan featured in "Hooray, It's L.A." on About a Burning Fire
  • Christian is featured in the song "Anything Right" on P.O.D.'s album Satellite
  • "Pitiful" video featured in P.O.D.'s Tastemaker (a show on the channel Fuse TV)
  • Blindside has played at Cornerstone Festival multiple times
  • "Channel One News" song requests
  • Oven Fresh on "Fuse TV"
  • "Pitiful" appears as background music for the MTV special Ultimate Videogame Countdown
  • Fuse TV's IMX Interviews
  • Blindside appears playing "Pitiful" live in the movie Grind
  • Performed in Linkin Park's self promoted Projekt Revolution Tour 2003
  • "Pitiful" appears in the video game NHL 2003
  • Appearances on TVU Live
  • Purple Door Festival
  • Blindside's songs appear in various Solid State Records compilation CDs
  • "Fell in Love with the Game" (from The Great Depression) is featured in the Taste of Chaos compilation CD
  • "Shekina" (from About a Burning Fire) is used on WWE DVD Cheating Death, Stealing Life - The Eddie Guerrero Story.
  • Blindside is featured as the Swedish table tennis team in the music video "Boom" by P.O.D..
  • Blindside were guests at a WWE wrestling match.
  • Blindside performed at AGMF (Australian Gospel Music Festival) in April 2007

Further reading

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