SPIRE - Spire MCD
Much like the illusive creators behind the music, the seven songs on this recording remain nameless and are identified only by a number. Thankfully, what these songs lack in verbosity or blatant aggression they certainly make up for in the presence of a dark aura in which all good black metal should be steeped. Whilst Spire are certainly not the most brutal or intricate of black metal their music ultimately finds its strength in the menacing atmosphere that is a stark contrast to their place of origin. This is not the corpse painted, axe wielding maniac threatening you directly, rather Spire are the sinister figure just out of sight that you can feel looking over your shoulder but can’t quite locate. The discordant guitars, that ebb and flow between rapid riffing and droning rhythm, are the focal point around which all other elements reside and exist, yet it is the palpable sense of menace that comes through via the intelligent use of perverse melody, daunting atmosphere and effective composition gives the music depth and provides Spire with their own take on the style.