Friday, September 28, 2018

Spires "A Parting Gift"

Country: UK
Genre(s): Progressive Metal/Rock, Death Metal
Format: CD, digital
Release date: September 28, 2018
1. In Black Ravines (7:24)
2. The Court Of Clashing Skies (10:44)
3. The Seer (11:35)
4. A Parting Gift (6:06)
5. Seed Of Dionysus (10:04)
6. Etchings In The Emptiness (17:14)

Total Time 63:07

Paul Sadler - Vocals, lead, rhythm and acoustic guitars, keyboards
Dan White - Lead and rhythm guitars
Alex Jolley - Fretless Bass
Zac Oneil - Drums

The influences are very evident on this release. With The Seer standing out as showing their respect to the legends of progressive metal, specifically Opeth (think Ghost Reveries, but from the UK) and Emperor. An all-round outstanding track (complete with a stunning guitar solo) that really showcases the influences, and the writing skill of the band, with every member shining on it.
In contrast, the title track A Parting Gift has more of a traditional prog rock sound to it, with elements of it reminding me of King Crimson and Porcupine Tree. Soft acoustic passages, crescendos in all the right places and soaring vocals are laid out for you here.
Read the full review by Calum Gibson at dprp.net


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