SPIRITUS MORTIS - The God Behind The God

Spiritus Mortis - The God Behind The God

8 songs
49:06 minutes
***** ***
Firebox

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Not everyone can claim to be the oldest doom metal band from Finland. Spiritus Mortis were founded in 1987, although it took them eight demos before their self-titled debut longplayer was released in 2004. The second album Fallen came two years later, to be followed by two split records. Maybe their new label – the prestigious Firefox Records – will help them gather international recognition with their third album The God Behind The God.

Since Spiritus Mortis’ inception more than two decades ago, Finland has seen the rise of many doom bands, but the pioneers certainly don’t need to hide behind the ones that succeeded them. The CD starts with The Man Of Steel (with three minutes the shortest track featured), a quite powerful metal song whose mid-tempo delivery is actually quite untypical for the band. The next eight minutes see the quintet slow down considerably on the crawling Death Bride. There seems to be a pattern here. Spiritus Mortis alternate between moderately fast power metal tracks and longer doom metal elaborations that can also be savoured on Curved Horizon (eight and a half minutes long) and the title track which constitutes with nearly twelve minutes the album’s longest piece and also features a spoken word part.

Doom metal has, like so many other genres, developed into many different sub-directions, but Spiritus Mortis still play it as it was done in its beginnings. This means that they are musically closer to Saint Vitus and Solitude Aeturnus than to contemporary slo-mo funeral bands. This makes The God Behind The God a somewhat old school album whose main charm lies in its basic production values and the pleasant mood swings. If you are of the persuasion that doom metal can never be faster than 60 bpm, then Spiritus Mortis may at times sound like a grindcore band to you, but those who grew up with the genre know perfectly well that this is how it all started out. This may not be a groundbreaking album, but it clearly displays that musicians’ years’ long experience. Recommended for everyone interested in the roots of this specific sub-genre of heavy metal music!

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