New Mexico's Spiral, essentially an Internet based who digitally distributes their music, returns with another album of their atmospheric combination of space and prog rock, Our Final Days on Bellicus Prime. Let's cut to the chase and give you what you need to know.
Of the five songs here, you really only need to listen to two. The opener doesn't really start for better than a minute. It mostly consists of light guitar, some bass, and drum cymbals. I think there may be somebody speaking under this, but it's hard to tell. Also, you can toss Photographs and Time Beast out the door. Both have these strange horrible vocals. They're close to death vocals, yet have this nasty, scratchy, undecipherable sound like somebody chewing glass and nails heard through distant AM radio station. I tried to enjoy the music in both, but it was for naught. Better in the former than the latter.
This leaves us the Our Final Days on Bellicus Prime and One Way Trip to Solasoma, the two longest pieces, clocking in at just over 14 minutes each. And it's basically more of Spiral's trademark swirling and atmospheric space rock. The former has a nice bass groove and trippy guitar solo. It also has some of those same shitty vocals at the end. I wanted to say that One Way Trip to Solasoma was more diverse and interesting, but not really. It's quiet and reserved space rock that merely lilts and limps along putting you to sleep before you get to the interesting guitar solo at the end. Perhaps there's a fourth song that you can toss. I recall enjoying my last experience with Spiral, Mind Trip in A Minor. But Our Final Days on Bellicus Prime is a disappointment.
I recall enjoying my last experience with Spiral, Mind Trip in A Minor. But Our Final Days on Bellicus Prime is a disappointment.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]