Spirits Of The Dead are a Stoner/Doom/Prog Rock and Metal Band who released their amazing Self Titled release back in 2009. The album was released to great acclaim all over the place.
And it was hard not to see why. The guys did bring something rather unique to the table. Influenced by Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Hawkwind and other legendary 70’s Hard Rock Bands. But these guys brought some cool Stoner and Folk Influences to their music as well. All seemingly blended into a brilliant kaleidoscope of Psych Stoner/Doom Metal Sounds.
Well the guys are back with their new release – “The Great God Pan”.
This is pretty much of the same as the last time but the riffs are more refined and heavier than before.
The Great God Pan is 6 tracks and on for a mesmerizing and hypnotic 34 mins.
This is pretty much of the same as the last time but the riffs are more refined and heavier than before. If you’re a fan of their previous work then you will seriously enjoy their latest outstanding release.
Imagine if Led Zep went on one far too trip too many and this would be the end result. The guitar riffs are simply brilliant to listen to over and over again.
The first track – Mighty Mountain is a hypnotic blend of Stoner, Doom, Prog Rock vibes. With excellent singing and full of superb, psych stoner riffs. A great start to the album.
Next Up is “Leaves Of Last Year” Another outstanding Doom/Folk/Stoner track. Full of weird and wonderful lyrics with a cool guitar beat driving the track through. Some superb intricate guitar work being played here.
“Pure As the Lotus” is the next song to take you into the original and warped mind of Spirits Of The Dead. More weird and wonderful lyrics with more of the same pulsating Stoner/Doom/Prog Rock Riffs.
You can get the picture that this album is slightly different from other Stoner/Doom Rock Bands. These guys do score high on originality for their outstanding lyrics. This throws the listener back to the 70’s but with a modern Stoner Metal Riff that kicks in every minute or so. This is my fave track on the album.
The next track is the title track from this superb album. Starts off rather quietly with some haunting vocals with acoustic instruments driving the song nicely along. An excellent guitar solo around the 1:30 minute mark kicks in playing with a sombre piano until the dying moments. A rather laid back track compared to the other louder tracks. This track shows the band knows how to write an excellent laid-back mid-tempo song that takes to much simpler times.
Next up is “Casting The Runes”. Another highlight of this great album. 4.07 mins of distorted vocals before the heavy guitars kick in around 1.45 mins in. This is probably the album’s most straight forward Stoner/Doom Rock Song. Just pure rock fury with crushing guitars and heavy drumming. A very hypnotic track from start to finish.
The last track is Goldberry. The album’s epic track which runs at 7.51 mins. Things start off rather quietly with more ambient and acoustic guitars aided by earthly hollow vocals. But things do get heavier around the 3 minute mark to the dying seconds. All of the previous songs feel like they have been blended together to make this excellent track. Simply a superb song to finish off such a truly superb album.
Some people might think this is a band out of place with the 70’s rock influences shining through out. But that makes them so special. They blend modern Stoner/Doom Influences into their music as well. It might take you a few listens to hear it but its most definitely there.
Production is superb. Everything is loud and clear. A superb release from a band that is truly much alive!!!.
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This is a track from their debut album but it shows what these guys are masters at.