To create an instrumental album these days takes a lot of talent. More so than traditional albums, because the artist has to hook the listener’s attention purely by the virtue of the music and hooking the attention of modern humans for more than a few seconds is an incredibly difficult feat to pull off. That has not stopped the Atlanta based power trio Spore Lord from unleashing their debut full length ‘In the Beginning’. If you have not figured it out from the band name and album artwork yet, Spore Lord’s music is psychedelic flavored stoner / doom metal and these guys manage to write music that makes one trip, even without any stimulants in one’s system.
Spore Lord seem to have taken a leaf out of the Karma to Burn book when it comes to numbering their tracks instead of naming them, albeit with proper order. The music is Sabbathian in a way that the riffs tend to resonate with the listeners almost instantaneously. Riffs are the protagonists here as they proceed to seduce with their bluesy charm and thick sludgy tone. The stoner metal groove is sure enough to get you banging your heads and before you know it, the leads and licks will have you reaching for your nearest air guitar. Take a listen to Spore Lord III, streaming below, for example.
The fact that the riffs have an almost narrative quality to them, with their stop-start breaks and frequent shifts that feel organic. It’s easy to forget through the course of the album that there are no vocals here. Every element in the music works to invade the mind of the audience with trippy grooves and a desire for more. This is one of those albums where you can pick any random track and jam to it over and over. Infact, the album as a whole is refreshing and re-playable.
‘In the Beginning’ will be released by Spore Lord on December 2nd, 2016.