Friday, 15 January 2016

Spacebeast - "Spacebeast" (Album Review)

By: Hunter Young

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 24/09/2015
Label: Independent



These guys have that old doom feel from the late 90s/early 00s, much like some pre-beard Crowbar, keeping it mid tempo and heavy as a pallet of cinder bricks.  They tend to lead their songs with a little intro of what you will be getting, and I'm going to say that yes, they get a bit lackadaisical getting to the real meat. But, once they get rolling, you have a pummelling giant that you can unleash on your friends and loved ones for really any kind of thing.  Check these guys out, and let them bring you out of the grind you work live brings.


“Spacebeast” DD track listing:

1). Spaceface
2). Sad Tummy
3). The Cruiser
4). Starmaster
5). Walrus Island

The Review:

Instrumental doom albums are a great treat in the musical world, as they allow bands to explore the heaviest realms without trying to shoehorn a vocal style into their sound. It wastes time and beer when they could just be throwing down and wrecking ear drums. One such new release that wastes no time is the self titled slab from Spacebeast!

These guys have that old doom feel from the late 90s/early 00s, much like some pre-beard Crowbar, keeping it mid tempo and heavy as a pallet of cinder bricks, crossed with what might be some American death metal, as far as tones and execution of several parts of the music. At 5 songs long, the album is perfectly balanced, and almost symmetrical with how the songs are arranged. They keep the traditional down tuning, but not super low like Yob or Conan, and it's very solid on content 

They tend to lead their songs with a little intro of what you will be getting, and I'm going to say that yes, they get a bit lackadaisical getting to the real meat. But, once they get rolling, you have a pummeling giant that you can unleash on your friends and loved ones for really any kind of thing. They play well, not trying anything weird or Prog (there is a god sometimes), but they do have some chops. “Spaceface”, track 1 on the record, has some sweet sweeps over the rhythms in the last half, sounding like a slow Autopsy inspired track, and definitely keeping me pinned to the speakers. The album is definitely full of some bangers, and I'm fully backing it.


Now, full disclosure, I dislike the second track, Sad Tummy, not for the weird name, but for the aforementioned lack of push they have during it. I'm cool with taking time, but the whole track feels slow and cumbersome, like it was an experiment that didn't yield tasty or bad fruit, just meh. And a lot of rind. It's just not my favorite, but still a decent track.

This album scores major points for the solidity of the album as a whole, and even more for the kickass album art, of some B Movie space apes that aren't here to party. Check these guys out, and let them bring you out of the grind you work live brings.

“Spacebeast” is available to download here

Band info: bandcamp | facebook

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