Persefone - Spiritual Migration


8.5 | 376 votes |
Release date: 29 March 2013
Style: Melodic death metal, Progressive metal

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01. Flying Sea Dragons
02. Mind As Universe
03. The Great Reality
04. Zazen Meditation
05. The Majestic Of Gaia
06. Consciousness (Pt. 1): Sitting In Silence
07. Consciousness (Pt. 2): A Path To Enlightenment
08. Inner Fullness
09. Metta Meditation
10. Upward Explosion
11. Spiritual Migration
12. Returning To The Source
13. Outro

Top 20 albums of 2013: 7

Line-up
Marc Martins Pia - vocals
Miguel Espinosa - keyboards, vocals
Carlos Lozano Quintanilla - guitars
Jordi Gorgues Mateu - guitars
Marc Mas Marti - drums
Toni Mestre Coy - bass

Additional info
Mixed by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Pretty Maids, Mercenary, Pestilence, Destruction) at Hansen Studios.

Artwork by Travis Smith (Katatonia, Avenged Sevenfold, Nevermore).

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor
Rating:
8.6
Andorra is one of the smallest nations in the world. Lodged between Spain and France in the middle of the Pyrenees, it still holds enough talented musicians to bring to the world one of the most gifted metal bands of the last few years. If the name sounds familiar, it is because Persefone have made a name for themselves by releasing the album Core in 2006, a juggernaut of an album that still slays my psyche to this day. Its successor Shin-Ken was also a worthy experience in its own right. 2013 brings us Spiritual Migration.

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published 19.01.2014 | Comments (3)

Guest review by
greatesthuman
Rating:
10
Years ago, in my cousin's dingy basement, moments after our first cigarette, he played me those menacing notes unlike anything I'd heard before: heavy metal. It was glorious, I was hooked for life --on metal, thankfully, not smoking.

I'm a lifelong fan of music most find repulsive (part of its charm, like black licorice), yet it takes a lot to digest a metal album. Even for metalheads, they're intentionally complex, rarely "catchy," and with so many sub-genres to explore, things get overlooked. By chance I gave an album I liked (but moved on from) another go, and am sure glad I did. Nearly two years later it's grown to become, dare I say, my new favorite OF ALL TIME.

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published 27.10.2015 | Comments (3)

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22.05.2013 - 18:49
Rating: 9
IronArkadius666
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Not a fan of OG but i´m a huge fan of Insomnium, I tried some tracks of OG´s new album and I found nothing original just like Insomnium´s last album. However Persefone really made me surprised with this mind-blowing masterpiece...


I find it strange how many people really like Insomnium and not OG (or vice versa) as I personally think they are quite similar, I love both of them and they tie as my favourite melodeath band.
Anyway, I agree that OG's latest isn't very original, however I love it much like I love One For Sorrow, despite that being quite unoriginal as well.
Ah well, to each his own, I will keep listening to Spiritual Migration until I love it, which I am sure I will soon.;)
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22.05.2013 - 21:03
Rating: 9
Diverge
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Written by IronArkadius666 on 22.05.2013 at 18:49


Not a fan of OG but i´m a huge fan of Insomnium, I tried some tracks of OG´s new album and I found nothing original just like Insomnium´s last album. However Persefone really made me surprised with this mind-blowing masterpiece...


I find it strange how many people really like Insomnium and not OG (or vice versa) as I personally think they are quite similar, I love both of them and they tie as my favourite melodeath band.
Anyway, I agree that OG's latest isn't very original, however I love it much like I love One For Sorrow, despite that being quite unoriginal as well.
Ah well, to each his own, I will keep listening to Spiritual Migration until I love it, which I am sure I will soon.;)


It's OK not to like something, you know! I highly doubt that I would be enjoying this as much as I do if I didn't already have a fond attachment to Shin-Ken and Core. It is with respect to those albums that I can judge this one, to be honest; in particular, the vocals have improved immensely to the point where they are actually a strong point for me, consistently, throughout the album.
That being said, Spiritual Migration is a great place to start, although I honestly think Shin-Ken might allow you to appreciate this one a little more. SM is a long album and the last few tracks are especially hard to stomach on the first listen (especially Returning to the Source's opening few minutes), so give it a little bit of time. There's so much music out there, so don't beat yourself up if you don't like this one. In fact, as I mentioned earlier, the grand majority of the Internet disagrees with Metal Storm's assessment of the album.
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23.05.2013 - 15:39
Rating: 9
Arcesse Eum
Between the Buried and Me + Wintersun = This Album.

Hyper-technical cosmic new-age feel good epicness and impressive shred.
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23.05.2013 - 19:47
Rating: 9
IronArkadius666
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It's OK not to like something, you know! I highly doubt that I would be enjoying this as much as I do if I didn't already have a fond attachment to Shin-Ken and Core. It is with respect to those albums that I can judge this one, to be honest; in particular, the vocals have improved immensely to the point where they are actually a strong point for me, consistently, throughout the album.
That being said, Spiritual Migration is a great place to start, although I honestly think Shin-Ken might allow you to appreciate this one a little more. SM is a long album and the last few tracks are especially hard to stomach on the first listen (especially Returning to the Source's opening few minutes), so give it a little bit of time. There's so much music out there, so don't beat yourself up if you don't like this one. In fact, as I mentioned earlier, the grand majority of the Internet disagrees with Metal Storm's assessment of the album.


OK to not like something here on MS?! Haha.
But I know what you mean, its just that I been trying to get into the heavier, darker, more progressive side of metal and melodeath is my favourite subgenre, and this band kind of bridges the two, so this would be a good starting place for me, besides I already enjoy the album somewhat, and if I enjoy something I tend to always enjoy it and eventually enjoy it more. (Except metalcore, can't stand it anymore.)
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26.05.2013 - 01:15
Rating: 9
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Written by Arcesse Eum on 23.05.2013 at 15:39

Between the Buried and Me + Wintersun = This Album.

Good try
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26.07.2013 - 02:40
Rating: 10
Korah
The two Meditations are keeping the very best part of the album : The Majestic Of Gaia, Consciousness (Pt. 1&2), Inner Fullness, I like that!
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01.08.2013 - 20:39
Rating: 9
Diverge
Written by qlacs on 02.04.2013 at 20:15

Damn, hard to tell what I think. At first listen it was so awesome, at 2nd I had soem doubts, heard some stuff that doesn't really fit, now 3rd time i'm in love with it... damn you Carlos, you made such a grand stuff.


Probably my favourite comment I've read this year. I had pretty much the exact same experience, hahaha.
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20.09.2013 - 14:01
Rating: 10
Lustful Maid
Necrophagist is back !!!!!!
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24.09.2013 - 15:07
Rating: 9
Diverge
Written by Lustful Maid on 20.09.2013 at 14:01

Necrophagist is back !!!!!!


I don't understand.
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09.10.2013 - 09:39
Rating: 10
Lustful Maid
Written by Diverge on 24.09.2013 at 15:07

Written by Lustful Maid on 20.09.2013 at 14:01

Necrophagist is back !!!!!!


I don't understand.

Reminded me of Necrophagist.
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15.10.2013 - 23:27
Rating: 10
Alla Xul
Outstanding!
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02.11.2013 - 15:48
Rating: 9
Pelcu
I must admit this is great album! This is first time I listen to Persefone and have to say this band is my biggest discovery for this year. Outstanding symphonic and single instruments arrangements and vocals. Much better than for example Fleshgod Apocalypse (which is also one of best in class).
I gave 9 instead of 10 as there are some rare boring moments on that album (to be honest) .
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02.11.2013 - 16:10
Rating: 9
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Written by Pelcu on 02.11.2013 at 15:48

I must admit this is great album! This is first time I listen to Persefone and have to say this band is my biggest discovery for this year. Outstanding symphonic and single instruments arrangements and vocals. Much better than for example Fleshgod Apocalypse (which is also one of best in class).
I gave 9 instead of 10 as there are some rare boring moments on that album (to be honest) .

Definitely check out the rest of their stellar discography, especially Shin-Ken. If you like a very nice progressive sounding melo-death, I highly recommend Core as well. Most listeners regard Core as Persefone's best album, and I do admit that it doesn't have many boring moments in it.
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10.11.2013 - 09:59
Dima
Core sh*ts on this.
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04.12.2013 - 01:59
Rating: 7
qnick90
I have to agree with Dima, this is much worse compared to their previous albums, but it is still a decent effort
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20.12.2013 - 21:14
Rating: 9
qlacs
"The Quaker"
It is almost as good as Core. The only thing I miss is the fluent composition (transitions), Carlos seems to separate the heavy from the mellow parts in such contrast that they don't give me the chills like on the early stuff.
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25.01.2014 - 19:17
Rating: 8
_deepblack
Better album compared to their latest releases
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25.01.2014 - 22:39
Rating: 7
Kulu
Seeker of Truth
Sounds like Europe's answer to Protest the Hero. Much more interesting than I initially thought.
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Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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10.02.2014 - 14:03
Rating: 10
lord artan
Best album of year i believe
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13.02.2014 - 10:08
Rating: 7
Kulu
Seeker of Truth
Having given it a few more spins, my verdict is the album has some beef to it, but it is long for that amount of beef. Things start to get going from "The Majestic of Gaia" but are still mingled with a lot of superflous parts IMHO. Persefone are amazing musicians nevertheless, well, at least very capable.
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Savor what you feel and what you see
Things that may not seem important now
But may be tomorrow

R.I.P. Chuck Schuldiner

Satan was a Backstreet Boy
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14.02.2014 - 07:31
Rating: 9
Diverge
Written by Kulu on 13.02.2014 at 10:08

Having given it a few more spins, my verdict is the album has some beef to it, but it is long for that amount of beef. Things start to get going from "The Majestic of Gaia" but are still mingled with a lot of superflous parts IMHO. Persefone are amazing musicians nevertheless, well, at least very capable.

Yeah, I guess the extent to which you'd enjoy the album depends on how superfluous you feel certain moments are. I personally think there are maybe two or three tracks below par, but the quality of even those tracks still brought my rating to a 9.
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20.02.2014 - 11:01
Rating: 9
andreosokin
SOUNDERY
This album just made it to my 2013 top 10 took a while to get there, and ironically (after I've just changed my vote from 8 to 9) it got up 2 places in the MS top 2013 chart
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18.07.2014 - 21:04
Rating: 10
Dr. Strawberry
This is a real progressive metal album !
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03.08.2014 - 15:32
Rating: 10
The Paul
What a massive kick in my balls :O
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24.09.2014 - 01:23
Rating: 8
_deepblack
This is my first encounter with this band and i listened to their previous records too i think this their best hit because of the vocals and the composition they are superb musicians of course but in previous records vocals are on your nerve and some melody and riffs are not in the right place but this one is really good
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16.06.2015 - 16:56
Rating: 8
me<3mertl
The two Consciousness songs are boring as fuck,but other than that pretty good album.
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17.08.2015 - 14:28
Rating: 10
robpal
Proglord
Dream Theater on steroids, basically.
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24.09.2015 - 21:44
Rating: 10
Dr. Strawberry
These guys left a legacy to metal fans in this century.
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21.02.2016 - 01:15
Rating: 10
errorcode99
Written by me<3mertl on 16.06.2015 at 16:56

The two Consciousness songs are boring as fuck,but other than that pretty good album.


The two Consciousness songs are my favorite, actually.
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