Genres: doom metal, stoner rock
PO Box 40322
Sep 23 - Sep 29 2002
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.
41 min 33 sec; 6 tracks; distributed by All