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Spiritus Mortis : The God Behind the God

One cannot deny that Finnish Spiritus Mortis are a Doomed band in all aspect. For their 3rd album in their 22 years long career, they are again on a new label...their 3rd. And with a new singer...their 4th. But this singer is nothing else than Sir Albert Witchfinder, of Reverend Bizarre fame. Still, 'The God Behind The God' is not a new Reverend Bizarre-like album. Instead, the Finnish band deliver a good slab of Doom Metal the 80's way, as they usually do. The difference lies, of course, in the voice. But Albert does a good show in NOT sounding like in Reverend Bizarre. For here, his voice is more typically Heavy Metal...and boy, how it rocks big time.

'The God Behind The God' expand the musical universe of Spiritus Mortis, and that is always a good thing. The Metal here is darker than before, with hints of the NWOBHM ('Death Bride' could easily have been released by the young Iron Maiden, while 'The Man Of Steel' sounds like a Doom Metal version of the 'British Steel' era Judas Priest. Nothing to be shocked about, when you know that a song like 'The Man Of Steel' has its music written in 1987. And that is the major good point of this album : all along it sounds METAL, not simply Doom, but mixed with a bit of Dark Progressive elements.

Some songs, like 'Heavy Drinker', are pretty much fillers and drag down the whole quality of this release. But upon hearing the massive danse macabre–like groove of 'When The Winds Howled With A Human Voice' or 'The Rotting Trophy', one cannot help but think about how all this would make a perfect soundtrack for an old Hammer video. This is maybe the most simple and easy to grasp Doom album one could find this year, and a perfect point of entry into the genre for the newcomers. Sure, it’s not the new Reverend Bizarre. It's the new Spiritus Mortis, and trust me : never have the voices of the dead been so appealing.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Man Of Steel
2. Death Bride
3. The Rotting Trophy
4. Curved Horizon
5. When The Winds Howled With A Human Voice
6. Heavy Drinker
7. The God Behind The God
8. Perpetual Motion

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes.

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Reviewed on 09-07-2009 by Laurent Lignon
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