Spiritbox
Spiritbox (2019)


5.0
classic

Review

by artiswar USER (16 Reviews)
May 22nd, 2019 | 59 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I do not want this body.

Last we left our intrepid lady and djentlemen, they had just released their Tesseract-worshipping debut that left us all weak in the knees and readjusting our wigs. One year later, our heroes are back with a new batch of singles (all accompanied by spiffy music videos) and are ready to dish out the damage once again, but is it just the same old song"

The most striking difference that becomes readily apparent is a greater sense of immediacy, as well as a general toning down of the broody, dark, artsy-fartsiness that so permeated the last release. By comparison, some of these songs could almost be described as… well, upbeat. Opener Perennial couples the band’s larger-than-life grooves with LaPlante’s soaring vocals, but it’s not quite the usual Spiritbox assault on the senses. The result is actually rather bright and life-affirming, while the poppy, sing-songy Trust Fall is practically warm to the touch, wrapping you in its post-rock embrace until the climax where the music falls away, leaving not one, not two, but THREE (count ‘em) Courtneys harmonizing sublimely over each other, creating a spell-binding wall of sound comprised solely of her layered, heavenly vocals.

But don’t dejectedly throw that neck-brace away just yet, you're going to need it because the old familiar darkness still lurks in the peripheral. Stringer’s whiplash-inducing riffs on Belcarra and Bleach Bath are thicc and will have your poor brain bouncing around in your skull, while LaPlante deftly displays her range, shifting on a dime from crooning a haunted lullaby to shredding her vocal chords like a cornered beast. But the real crowning jewel here has to be the ultra-heavy second single, Electric Cross. From the urgent, roid-ed out bass licks that open the track, to the violent, hypnotic wall of noise that closes it out, it’s an exhilarating roller-coaster ride of a song that will leave your neck muscles mulched.

Although this release isn’t quite as atmospheric and introspectively grim as the S/T, it's more than a satisfying follow-up in spite of opting for a more mainstream-friendly approach. Spiritbox has proven once again that they are the most exciting new band in the scene and that they have the juice to take over the world. Now all we really need is an album announcement and some tour dates, and for more people to catch on.



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artiswar
May 22nd 2019


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Can't wait for the final music video in a couple weeks hopefully.

Asdfp277
May 22nd 2019


20546 Comments


great artwork

Ashtiel
May 22nd 2019


434 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

guess it's time to finally jump in

Digging: Full of Hell - Weeping Choir

artiswar
May 22nd 2019


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yassss, and do report back Ash. Also if anyone is gracious enough to update the album art for me, that would be swell. I'm locked out of making edits to the band page (I tried uploading the image unsuccessfully too many times I guess)

artiswar
May 22nd 2019


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fuuuck, Trust Fall goes SO fucking hard, the feels mayn...

artiswar
May 22nd 2019


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I feel bad cause there's like 3 new user albums I should be jamming right now but I can't stop listening to this EP. I feel like a crack addict tbh.

Ninjahague
May 22nd 2019


1278 Comments


oh fuck me theres new material time to give it a spin

Ashtiel
May 22nd 2019


434 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

alright gonna put these bad boys together then give it all a spin later

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
May 22nd 2019


897 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this smacks

Digging: Mengalloch - The Mentle

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
May 22nd 2019


897 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

ok nvm rest of it was a step down from belcarra, but still p decent

Ninjahague
May 22nd 2019


1278 Comments


I'd bump your rating if you don't want art to actually break into your house and rape your family

artiswar
May 22nd 2019


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@LOVE the more melodic songs kind of threw me off at first but they've all grown on me big time

Durrzo
May 23rd 2019


1753 Comments


Courtney is a fucking boss. I'm totally fine with them doing more melodic material because her cleans are great.

Get Low
May 23rd 2019


5427 Comments


Art, if you ever randomly stop posting on here, I'll know it's because the FBI got you.

SitarHero
Contributing Reviewer
May 23rd 2019


9808 Comments


Wtf is that album art? Like, did the graphics guys computer crash and so he took a picture of the screen and used it?

Ashtiel
May 23rd 2019


434 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

well i just got done with my combined EP listen. consider me a fan.

i did not expect screams THAT throat shredding, fuck. it's hard for me to pick favorites right now but everything on this EP is extremely solid. "perennial", "belcarra", and "bleach bath" especially.



artiswar
May 23rd 2019


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ashtiel, did you just copy+paste what Rheia said on KL? lol

Durrzo
May 23rd 2019


1753 Comments


Busted.

Ashtiel
May 23rd 2019


434 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i am rheia!

artiswar
May 23rd 2019


8428 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Ohhhhh, did you change your name recently? Cause I remember a contributor going by Ashtiel, in fact I'm pretty sure you were the one who posted my album last year (thanks for that btw). Glad you're enjoying this, though not as much as I am apparently =D



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