The Spirit of Death – “The Great Seal”

    Finnish Heavy Metal legends, Spirit of Death unveil a grand–scale epic of antique Doom on 16th of September via Black Records.

    Erecting a new monolith in the halls of Doom Metal history with their fifth album The Great Seal, Spirit of Death certify true classic status as one of the scene’s modern greats.

    There are few modern-day bands that can be uttered under the same breath as the giants of Traditional Doom and Heavy Metal like Spirit of Death. Formed in 1987 as Rigor Mortis they can firmly attest to having been “the first Finnish Doom Metal band”, uncovering hallowed ground before the later imitators. Carrying the banner of powerful true Metal, the likes of which stands proudly next to the masters such as Gave era Sabbath, Solitude Aeturnus and Trouble, Spirit of Death have established a tradition of catchy song-writing and consummate knowledge of sacred riff-craft. The Great Seal is a collosal album which Spirit of Death describes as “a rite of collective suicide and an orgy of self-immolation” and plumbs the depths of epic sorrow with gargantuan slabs of igneous riffs and emotional vocals.

    Synonymous with classic Finnish Doom bands like Reverend Bizarrewhose singer Albert Witchfinder intoned previous albums’ vocals, Spirit of Death continue to define and cement their formidable legacy. Albert’s replacement, Kimmo Perämäki is more than worthy of the consecrated robes he inherits, delivering a performance which is flawlessly dominating and instantly gratifying. Tracks like Martyrdom Operation and Visions Of Immortality see Perämäki boldly carving his own name in the stone tablets of future history, marrying the riffs of the Maijala brothers and guitarist Kari Lavila with the splendor of magnificent melancholy that Spirit of Death is so known and admired for.

    Not only will true devotees of the Spirit of Death Doom church be raising their fists with full hearts, but those who seek knowledge of the faithful spirit of real Metal can surely look no further than within The Great Seal.

    Death’s Charioteer (Official video)

    16.9. Spiritus Mortis: The Great Seal LP/CD (pre-order link)

    The Great Seal

    15.4. Death’s Charioteer (digital single)

    (Could be translated from Finnish)

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