The Spins #1: Intoxicating Turntable Treats
Featuring Anvil, Godflesh, & Spirits Of The Dead
Hope In Hell
It’s hard not to like Anvil. The hapless duo may be terminally comical and musically obtuse, but one thing’s for sure, its got no shortage of spirit. Hope In Hell is the latest in a line of comeback albums since the documentary, The Story of Anvil came out a few years back. In true Anvil fashion, the album is full of traditional heavy metal and speed demons as in the title track and the insanely catchy “Eat Your Words.” This LP comes in a thick gatefold cover.
Originally released in 2001, Hymns was Godflesh’s attempt at moving away from nu-metal. Although the band had already been around since the ’80s and were seen as industrial pioneers, their slow, chugging riffs and disjointed vocals were now achingly similar in style to the much-maligned nu-metal sounds of the day. WhileHymns is far heavier than say Crazy Town or Creed, you can see some connection, especially in the detuned riffs. Standouts include “Defeated” and ” Voidhead.”
Spirits of the Dead
Rumours Of A Presence
Lately, it seems like everyone wants to be in a doom/stoner/psych/occult band. The travesty of it all is that very few offer anything remotely new by way of sound or overall style. Most tend to do little more than pilfer Black Sabbath, Trouble or Pentagram. Hell, even the latter two did their damnedest to emulate the Sabs. But, these days, there’s an influx of copyists by the dozen that are little more than cheap imitations. There are a few that do bring something new to the movement—Ghost, Uncle Acid, Purson, and Norway’s own Spirits of the Dead.
The latter’s new album Rumours Of A Presence is rife with lush soundscapes, melodic passages, heavy atmospherics and intricate arrangements that owe as much to psychedelic folk and prog as they do to vintage heavy rock, with traces of Pink Floyd and The Doors throughout. But in spite of the esoteric lyrics and heady approach, the band does rightfully rock, as evidenced in “Wheels of the Word” and “Song of Many Reefs.” The packaging of this LP is as wondrous as the sounds within. You have your choice of several different vinyl color variations. Plus, the sleeve comes in a matte cover with shiny, embossed emblems and notes on the front and back. Nice.
Read the full article at New Noise Magazine, also featuring Megadeth, David Bowie, Agent Orange, Depeche Mode, The Clash, Primal Scream, and more!