Album review: Spirit Adrift - Behind-Beyond
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★★★☆☆ The first EP by doom metal newcomers Spirit Adrift is certainly a solid debut. Consisting of two songs that stretch over the course of twenty-seven minutes, Behind–Beyond is definitely an ambitious first step for a new artist. And in numerous ways, the risks Spirit Adrift take on their first release pay off. The songwriting of Behind–Beyond demonstrates metal at its most enjoyably melancholic, with the release’s melodic vocals providing a refreshing alteration to the harsh growls that now dominate doom music. Spirit Adrift’s manipulation of slow pace combined with crunching guitars and pounding drums guarantees an experience to satiate any metalhead. However, unlike fellow modern and lengthy musical works like Dream Theater’s The Astonishing, Behind–Beyond sadly fails to justify the excessive length of each of its dual tracks. The opener, ‘Specter of Ruin’, clocks in at a grandiose twelve minutes yet begins to feel tired after eight; ‘Perpetual Passage’ suffers the same fate even sooner.
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