Vera : Sometimes life has some pretty surprises for us. We can imagine that The Spirit had an amazing party when being approached by the mighty Nuclear Blast to rerelease their debut album ‘Sounds From The Vortex’ and give it attention on a larger scale. The band – four musicians who only want to share their initials with us – hailing from German Saarbrücken, was founded in 2015 and earlier they independently released their debut. The guys are mainly inspired by a blend of Scandinavian melodic death metal and icy black metal from the nineties and that’s a source which secures us of an interesting approach.
Even if criticism may rise, such as ‘nothing new under the sun’, ‘Sounds From The Vortex’ happens to be an album that stands as a rock in the sea. Massive, grim, yet compelling. We hear echoes from Dissection and Immortal (way of singing, served on ice cold rifforama), but this young, yet by no means inexperienced outfit combines energy and melodic fragments with larger than life riffs. The intro might be atmospheric and rather slow, but from ‘Cosmic Fear’ on, they swallow the bait and thus we can enjoy mighty blackened death patterns. Long instrumental parts in the songs have enough variegation in tempo en atmosphere, that’s why it is a true pleasure to wade through songs like ‘The Clouds Of Damnation’ (with beautiful sensitive solo) and the acoustic starting ‘Cross The Bridge To Eternity’. Intensity, raw, yet with an eye for details, these are the characteristics of The Spirit that really please us. Consequently it happens to be the crown on their hard work when they can tour Europe in Fall with Hypocrisy and Kataklysm. Keep an eye on these guys!