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info opinion


Self-Titled CD

Meteorcity Records

Genres: doom metal, stoner rock

PO Box 40322
Albuquerque, NM

Sep 23 - Sep 29 2002

AAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAAA!! Spiritu are hard. In fact, of all the doom metal I've reviewed recently, Spiritu wins out in the power category. Asphyxiatingly plodding and sludging along, the band's doomy style will absolutely DESTROY you.

This is pretty impressive for a band's debut album; only one record down the line and they sound as if they've been making them for years. Every song here could be a stoner hit; "Fat Man in Thailand," for example, would fit well on metal radio, attacking you with onslaughts of dense guitars and Black Sabbath influenced composition. In fact, the singer's voice has an uncanny resemblance to early Ozzy himself. Meanwhile, "Glorywhore" is a nine-minute power epic that feels as if it belongs in some sort of dark, twisted haunted house ride. And that's not to mention the four other tracks on the record, including a Sir Lord Baltimore cover ("Woman Tamer") and a finale that hits you like a sack of rocks to the head.

This album practically guarantees Spiritu a place in stoner rock history. With songs as tight and powerful as this, there is no doubt that the band is going to be a big staple on the scene in the future. With their Sabbath and Maiden powered rock assault, and their unique axe solo style, it promises to be a neat trip - in both senses of the word.

Metal fans are encouraged to run out and get this CD - it's something that just shouldn't be missed.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 41 min 33 sec; 6 tracks; distributed by All That's Heavy; released 26/08/02]