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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Review: Spore Lord - In The Beginning

Hailing from the USA, Spore Lord offers a fresh take on the tried-and-true genre of stoner metal.

Choosing to eschew vocals in their music, they open themselves up for a more instrumental, experimental approach to their songs.

What makes this album unique is that they chose not to name their songs, letting the music speak for itself.

The album starts out very heavy and immediately grabs your attention, while the second song has a lighter note that reminds a bit of an instrumental Steppenwolf.

Third track opens with a heavy, fuzzy riff that has a slight Electric Wizard flavor and gets complexly layered with the bass to the point where you can't tell the instruments apart until the breakdown/bass solo where it gets thrashy.

Fourth track immediately starts with a Black Sabbath - War Pigs-like riff, and suddenly goes into Symptom Of The Universe/early 'tellica territory. Switches back-and-forth during the track, and works surprisingly well!

Fifth track starts heavy, doomy, bobbing your head in a stoned haze-like, and switches to a more chugging sound, bit like High on Fire. Very groovy! There's a sudden fast part that's great for headbanging that goes into a 10 second break before the GUITAR SOLO! If you're a fan of 70's rock, this is the solo for you!

Sixth track grabs you by the neck with the riff, and keeps your undivided attention with a bass solo that shows mastery of the instrument.

The seventh track CHUGS as if the instruments are doing a drinking competition and goes on to prove that it can still walk in a straight line. Keeps your head bobbing and your feet stomping. The solo gives a bit of that "high way freedom" feeling.

The eighth and final track start out with a drum that seems to say "Wake up, you potheads!" and goes into a heavier Blue-Cheer like riffage.

What I liked:
- Unique take on the stoner metal genre
- unexpected changes in the music
- switches effortlessly between different styles without sounding forced

What I disliked:
- The sudden endings in some of the songs, there's not really a flow to this record as a whole.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this record, and didn't miss the vocals for one bit!

It was a very refreshing take on the stoner metal genre, and I think that they've really managed to push the boundaries and might even bring the genre to the next level!

Written by Gijs de Wolff

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