SPIRALISM - Chakras - CD - Inverse Records - 2014
Released at the end of 2014 by the unrelenting Finnish record label Inverse
Records, Chakras is not only a blend of aesthetics and styles - ranging
from hippy rock 'n' roll, psychedelia, stoner rock/metal, traditional doom and
death metal; it is also a mishmash of sentiments and qualities, showcasing a
roller coaster of songwriting approaches, some of which are cool and
captivating while others are pretty dull and bland.
It's not that the music itself isn't good, but rather the choice of tunes
that occasionally leaves the listener indifferent, having less than the
desirable impact expected from a band with such a talent. Chakras is an
album containing many "almosts": almost good, almost stirring, almost engaging,
almost overwhelming - almost this and almost that.
Spiralism is a quartet of Finnish musicians who strive to sound somewhere
between Reflections era Convulse and Prodigal Sun era Afflicted, with
instrumental post-rock vastness thrown into the mix. There's a constant
oscillation between the badass moments and the "what-do-they-want-from-us?"
segments, with some spacey keyboards and clean vocals versus guttural belches.
Bass-driven and tribal, the music indeed flows effortlessly from the benign
to the intimidating, but at all times the general feel is that of a laid-back,
sun-drenched, drug-induced, carefree environment that is most suitable as a
background for a dope-smoking, alcohol-drinking party than to anything dark or
sinister. We like our music dark and sinister, so in that context nothing here
manages to impress us to our bones, albeit the fact the music in itself isn't
Given the right setting and the right mind-altering substances (and enough
alcohol), Spiralism's Chakras could be the best soundtrack around. In
case you're looking for some truly menacing music emanating genuinely dark
energies - seek elsewhere. (6.9/10)
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