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Touch The Spider! : I Spit on Your Grave

If one take the trip back to the earliest years of proto-doomsters Black sabbath and Pentagram - perhaps most closely touching the 'Be Forewarned' days of the latter band - then choose a road slightly to the psychedelic of the doom metal path, there you will find a duo with an arachnid fascination. Touch The Spider! has an affinity for groove and a talent for riffage. But most of all the band has the ability to take the recipe of the early proto-doomsters and portray it as vividly as the masters themselves did. With this they prove that this style of music is still a goldmine for those able to mine it.

'I Spit on Your Grave' is not just a fascinating journey but also a long one. One hour and nearly forty minutes long. At first I thought this was due to a high amount of cover songs. So many of the track names sound like those of other more famous tracks. To my surprise all the tracks are written by the band themselves (I've checked). Not bad for a project that started in 2007. On a related note, it is worth mentioning that the music has clearly progressed from what was recorded on the first disk to what was on the second. Solos appear in most songs on the latter - as opposed to none before - and it is clear that the duo has tightened their style as well, making them sound as coordinated as a band who's been going at it for at least a decade. However, their attempt at a funeral doom track ('Gloomy sunday') didn't turn out too well. At least it comes at the very end so you'll be able to simply stop the disk and enjoy the afterglow of some really good headbanging.

By the way. I did have another issue with the album. The disks are not numerated, but if you look carefully then you can see that one is colored in a slightly brighter shade of gray. That would be the second disk.

Like their fellow proto-doom bands, Touch the spider! have the ability to generate a diverse array of emotions. From sadness to happiness and several points in between. This duo also clearly has talent. If they keep on progressing like they did from the first disk to the second, then they've got a bright and rocking future ahead of them.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Circle of lies
2. Where are you from
3. Don't call em man
4. Graven image
5. Back from the dead
6. Make me sick
7. Spit on your grave
8. Cruel and mean
9. Blues for Nicole
10. Words collide
11. Since you are gone
12. Six feed
13. House of shame

1. Abra macabra
2. You are not alone
3. The sense of life
4. Wicked wench
5. Shades of grey
6. You know
7. Street cleaner
8. Tears don't lie
9. Can you hear me
10. Sabbath of blood
11. No fear
12. Watch me bleed
13. Motel mom
14. Premonition
15. Gloomy sunday

Duration : Approx. 97 minutes.

Visit the Touch The Spider! bandpage.

Reviewed on 26-10-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
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