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Spiritus Mortis : Hot Summer of Love

Crouching like a grinning gargoyle on the dark horizon of Finnish doom, Spiritus Mortis - along with Minotauri and Reverend Bizarre - form a triumvirate of new trad doom bands from Europe's frozen north. All three bands united for the recent Friends of Hell tour in Finland, and now the word is getting out to doomsters worldwide that a crushing juggernaut is gathering power: "Wake up, its time to die!!"

Formed in 1988, Spiritus Mortis is Finland's longest-standing doom group. Their sound has morphed slightly from a Venom/Celtic Frost-influenced band to one incorporating more NWOBHM and English 70s hard rock elements. But although the scene has grown and changed over the years, SM. have remained consistently doomy, striving only to get closer to their ultimate goal of sounding like a sick herd of rhinos thundering across the African velt. To that end, this demo starts out with 'Beyond', a slow, doomy stomp showcasing Vesa Lampi's theatrical Gillian/Dio-ish vocals. About midway through the song, Veli comes in on the keys, giving the song a middle eastern 'Zeppelin/'Kashmir' flavor. 'Future' is more up-tempo, with a NWOBHM feel and superb percussion, far beyond what one expects from an average doom group. 'Leave Me' has a battle metal flavor, while 'Killing Machine' dares to boogie, doom style. In all, anyone into riffing doomsters like 'Sabbath, Solitude Aeturnus, Abdullah, or Candlemass, or old-school rockers like 'Priest, Deep Purple, or Rainbow will want to sample these front-line Finnish doom merchants.

Although the album is titled 'Hot Summer of Love', the name is belied by the harsh black and white cover photo of a Konigstiger tank, ha ha. Spiritus Mortis says that this demo will never be commercially available, but I'm sure that most of this tuneage will appear on their upcoming studio album. Trust me, you'll want this. Doom or Be Doomed!!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Beyond
2. Future
3. Leave Me
4. Killing Machine
5. Death Walking
6. TCM
7. Vow to the Sun
8. At the End of My Daze
9. The Mighty One

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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