|Review: Spatial - Silence|
Label: Metal Scrap Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: June 1, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
This sounds somehow familiar; a faint breath of wind brings a flash of something Swedish with it and, then again, something else, too.
Poland's Spatial was formed in 2010 and, in 2012, they recorded their 4-track demo, Empire, that caught the attention of Metal Scrap Records. Spatial blends elements from early 90's Swedish Death Metal, Doom Metal, Black Metal, Dark Metal and even Gothic Metal on their debut album Silence, with a twist of something modern.
The songs are very well executed with the main emphasis on strong melody sections, heaviness and the use of three different vocals styles (death growls, dry Black Metal snarls and Gothic clean vocals). The use of these different vocal styles brings a good amount of variation and some much-needed depth to the album, especially the rather dramatic Gothic vocals, which make this record stand out. But what I like about it is that it resembles and underlines the importance of some classic Metal albums that were released during the 90's. Off the top of my head I could mention such fine releases as Wolfheart by Moonspell, Passage by Samael, Two Feet Stand by Gardenian and The Book of Truth by Ceremonial Oath. Obviously these albums have influenced Spatial, as their material features similar elements. Spatial's "vintage" sound is lovable for this reason alone.
So, for what they put forth on Silence, Spatial has some charming nostalgia wrapped up in songs that really throw you back a couple of decades in time; the time when the Metal scene was really blooming and had so much more to offer than the Metal scene these days.
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