The Spirit - Cosmic Terror review




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Band: The Spirit
Album: Cosmic Terror
Release date: February 2020


01. Serpent As Time Reveals
02. Strive For Salvation
03. Repugnant Human Scum
04. The Path Of Solitude
05. Pillars Of Doom
06. The Wide Emptiness
07. Cosmic Terror


The first time you come across The Spirit's music you will be willing to bet all your belongings that they come from Scandinavia. Don't do it; you will lose the bet.

The Spirit is a trio from Germany that has now unleashed upon us their second album three years after their debut, Sounds From The Vortex. Cosmic Terror does not do things much differently compared to its predecessor so expect to listen to some very well performed melodic black metal with a death metal tinge.

The band's music is highly depended on the guitars in the sense that it is the riffs and the melodies taking the front seat with the drums and the vocals doing their part in a very professional way, but without particularly standing out. The songwriting is very good and the band delivers in spades as far as both the up-tempo and blastbeating Mayhem-esque parts, and the more groovy Satyricon-esque passages are concerned. The guitars particularly shine on the instrumental moments of the tracks, like for example in the middle of "Repugnant Human Scam", "The Wide Emptiness" or on the best cut of the album, "The Path Of Solitude". On the latter, as well as on a few of the other songs, some progressive approach can be traced, and this can more clearly be heard on the self-titled closer, which is an instrumental track.

For anyone who has listened to just one song by The Spirit, I am just going to state the obvious here; this is a band that is immensely influenced by the Swedish melodic black/death metal legend, Dissection. You can hear it in the melodic black metal riffing, the blackened raspy style of the vocals, and the general atmosphere the music creates. Both albums by these Germans can easily be mistaken for unreleased Dissection material with modern production and this is the main strength and weakness of Cosmic Terror. Its songs are based on Jon Nödtveidt's prototype (and who doesn't love that?) but naturally they can never achieve the greatness of the original, even though The Spirit craft really good songs.

Had it scored higher on the authenticity scale, Cosmic Terror could have been an album to be discussed and referenced for years to come. As it is, this is a pretty damn good release for the style's fans and it's difficult to dislike despite the imitation issue. At the end of the day, don't we all miss Dissection? Well, here you go.

"So my journey ends as I reach the altar of ages
And run the knife of determination
Release liquid life, no need for a sermon
There is no fear when you are certain"


 



Written on 10.03.2020 by Only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud!


Comments

Comments: 8   Visited by: 101 users
10.03.2020 - 10:05
RaduP
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I hope I'm not the only one who thought it would be a tech death album based on the cover art.
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10.03.2020 - 11:33
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Tage Westerlund
Written by RaduP on 10.03.2020 at 10:05

I hope I'm not the only one who thought it would be a tech death album based on the cover art.

No
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10.03.2020 - 11:36
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Tage Westerlund
Germany, Scandinavia, germanic language countries are same potential in sond way we are spiritualy, language and cold er climste connected what makes such feeling into music.

Gonna listen this asap.

PS 1th time i saw cof video her Ghost in a fog, i thought its norvegian band, because i knew dimmu borgir before. I was Teenager, and I am happy pre i net days are over
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11.03.2020 - 13:40
The Entity
Love this album for what it is, and I always look for good Dissection clones. Now Thulcandra just need to release a new album...
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11.03.2020 - 14:07
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Tage Westerlund
I love Dissection I know Jon was person what many hated here, but I dont give a damn, his music was good and will live forever
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11.03.2020 - 16:53
nikarg
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Written by The Entity on 11.03.2020 at 13:40

Love this album for what it is, and I always look for good Dissection clones.

I may have something else lined up for you then


Written by Bad English on 11.03.2020 at 14:07

I love Dissection I know Jon was person what many hated here, but I dont give a damn, his music was good and will live forever

Dissection is one of the greatest things that has happened in metal throughout its 50-year history.
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11.03.2020 - 17:12
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Tage Westerlund
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Written by nikarg on 11.03.2020 at 16:53


I love Dissection I know Jon was person what many hated here, but I dont give a damn, his music was good and will live forever

Dissection is one of the greatest things that has happened in metal throughout its 50-year history.


no offense but sometimes I think you live in wrong country, to understand that band you need move up here, and in that time winter came one month earlier and had average 10 degrees colder :p
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12.03.2020 - 14:16
TheBigRossowski
Dudeist Priest'
Yeah, man, the Dissection vibe is real. I find it hard to get past. I mean, it's really cool material and all, but it just feels like you know... Dissection, man... sir. I suppose sometimes one is in the mood for just that.
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