Spider Island
Dark Nova


4.0
excellent


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Despite its minor kinks, Dark Nova is overall an excellent listen from start to finish.

If there is one thing I hate nearly as much as an album filled with mediocre music, it's an EP filled with great music. Strange, maybe? Well, in order to get an understanding for what I am speaking of, take a listen to Spider Island's latest offering, Dark Nova. This EP is a catchy slab of progressive hard rock that makes me sad that EPs are meant to be short. Improvements from their last effort, The Witch and the Dragon, are apparent right off the bat: production, vocals, musicianship in general. The instruments pose a great mixture of punk rock and early-stage Foo Fighters-esque post-grunge music to form a sound not quite groundbreaking or unheard of, but still unique. You can really tell that the members have matured their talents to a point where it is safe to say that they sound more professional. The melodies and even the solos found on Dark Nova are not like the generic uninspired ones you may hear constantly on the radio. No no, the ones found here are fun to listen to and will actually grab hold of your ears' attention for the duration of the music.

Some qualities, such as the vocalist's style, cause minor problems. While great for what one might expect of a straight-up punk release, the vocals might not totally be fitting in this scenario. Because of this, the music ends up sounding a bit disjointed at moments, almost as though they are struggling to find out what exactly it is they want to be doing. Still, all in all this EP is truly an enjoyable and, for the most part, consistent piece of rock music. And I cannot help but wonder what Spider Island's future is going to bring as they continue to define their sound and find a spot to settle that truly works for them. In the meantime, however, we have Dark Nova, a fun release that should rarely disappoint and overall please its audience.



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CK
December 21st 2012


4928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had a hard time writing this, so I don't feel like I did this justice. Still, I really enjoyed listening to this. Tracks "Burning" and the title track are my personal favorites.

The lead vocalist of this band is actually sputnik's CrownOfMagnets.

Streaming at their bandcamp:
http://spiderisland.bandcamp.com/album/dark-nova

Digging: Death - Human

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
December 22nd 2012


4442 Comments


good review. POS'd.

CrownOfMagnets
December 22nd 2012


2285 Comments


Thanks for the review. Yes that is me on vocals as well as lead guitar. I have a lot of ideas for what will be the first album and it will make this EP look like crap in comparison. Not to hype it up of course.

Mad.
December 22nd 2012


3966 Comments


I better check this out. It's FAR too expensive though.

CrownOfMagnets
December 23rd 2012


2285 Comments


you can pay what you want now. i only gave it a 5 because some chode gave it a 1.

CK
December 23rd 2012


4928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A chode indeed, yes, but don't become the new kellerdeck!

TheSilentObserver
December 23rd 2012


83 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It's funny because it was likely Kellerdeck that gave it a 1. This sucks at any rate. 2/5.

slipnslide
December 24th 2012


2640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The most polarizing album on sputnik.

CrownOfMagnets
December 24th 2012


2285 Comments


hahaha

CrownOfMagnets
December 24th 2012


2285 Comments


the last song is the best for sure

TheSilentObserver
December 24th 2012


83 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I don't like it. Also, CrownOfMagnets, a possibly 30 plus year old man called me, a 17 year old, a Chode. I'm suing.

CrownOfMagnets
December 24th 2012


2285 Comments


Well I'm broke so you won't get much.

Detritivore
December 28th 2012


271 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Interesting album. Not boring at all, nonetheless they need improve the production to take a big step.

Digging: Cro-Mags - Alpha Omega

CrownOfMagnets
January 14th 2013


2285 Comments


footage from last night's show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZcfNSnUP70&feature=youtu.be

CK
January 14th 2013


4928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good performance!

CrownOfMagnets
February 22nd 2013


2285 Comments


Today is the day work on LP #1 begins...

CK
August 1st 2013


4928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbsy-JacSJI

Mad.
August 1st 2013


3966 Comments


How the hell did you 3.9 this?!

CK
August 1st 2013


4928 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Little trick you can do with albums you have reviewed

CrownOfMagnets
December 16th 2013


2285 Comments


full length LP update: album is just about done being mixed. will be out february/march 2014. it will be professional mastered this time. and the recording quality is gonna be 1000000X better than the two EPs.



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