Notable for their first album Chained to Oblivion, Spirit Adrift has now transformed from a solo project into a full band and have already unleashed a new record on us.
A simple glance at the song lengths tells you something else has changed on this latest release. Gone are the ten and eleven minute length tracks, replaced with condensed and focused compositions that rein in the epic lengths and ramp up the metallic instant appeal side of the band’s music. Despite their shorter duration the songs on Curse of Conception are just as compelling and engaging as those of the debut album, only in a slightly different way.
So, the Spirit Adrift of 2017 sounds for all the world as if Metallica had started playing doom metal. I mean, check out some of the riffs, leads, and solos on this record. Spirit Adrift are still doom metal, it’s just that in some places they’re less doom and more metal.
The songs are well-written and have a lot of hooks to ensnare the listener. Like a cross between the classic-styled traditional doom of Pallbearer and 40 Watt Sun, the modern stylings of a band like Khemmis, the aforementioned metallic bite of Metallica, and the pure heavy metal fury of Grand Magus, the songs on Curse of Conception are extremely enjoyable and easy to absorb.
Reinvented and reinvigorated, Spirit Adrift’s latest release is a firm winner in my book.