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6.9/10 Chaim
 

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 half-bad.

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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Sichelstein

SOLSTICE COIL
Commute

SONAR
Black Light

SPIRALISM
Chakras

STAR INSIGHT
Messera

STONE THE CROWS
Stone The Crows

STONEGHOST
New Age of Old

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