Koen S. : ‘Sounds From The Vortex’ is the debut album from the German formation The Spirit. There is little known about this band from Saarbrücken and even after some searching I only found out that The Spirit is a relative new black/death metal horde. Then we just listen to the album, no?
After a quite long doomy, but enjoyable intro, a heavy kind of death metal immediately and relentlessly crushes through the air. Guitar! More guitar! Morest guitar! The dark metal which The Spirit has written is fully founded for the guitars. My speakers seem to spit out riffs as if someone tries to steal the honey out of a bumblebee nest. Sometimes it seems like four guitarists are playing together. The drum work is excellent and guitarist/vocalist MT knows how to put the necessary melody in his black metal shrieks. I don’t know who wrote the songs for ‘Sounds Of The Vortex’ but they are very well composed. An example for a lot of bands. ‘Illuminate The Sky’ is being interrupted by an acoustic interlude halfway, which I think is not necessary, but that’s the only flaw I can think of on this great record.
Fans of Swedish mastodons Unanimated, Dissection, Naglfar and Necrophobic will instantly fall in love with this dark piece of cosmic terror. And yes, I dare to mention The Spirit in the same sentence as the aforementioned bands. ‘Sounds Of The Vortex’ is a hell of a debut!