Genre: Black/Death metal
Country: Germany
Label: Eternal Echoes
Year: 2017

This was a surprise! I don’t see myself as a black metal die-hard fan and I rarely get excited with something coming from this genre; so you can imagine how difficult it is for me to be a glutton for the German legion The Spirit’s debut album. The band has apparently been active since 2015, but with no releases – hence, I had never heard of the band before. The band’s members use nicknames, so it has been difficult to find out about their past too. The Spirit play black metal music, melodic but with a death metal sense, sometimes depressive and sometimes epic. We could say that the band’s band main influence is Immortal from the “At the Heart of Winter” era onwards, as well as Satyricon and Demonaz. The album includes 7 tracks, the opening one being an instrumental prelude to what is about to come – and what comes is pure storm. Each song is better than the last: “Cosmic Fear”, “The Clouds of Damnation” (my favorite) and “The Great Mortality”, with its gloomy opening riff ala Solitude Aeternus. Excellent sound production, and of course a great artwork made by Wæik (also worked with Wound, F41.0 and more). “Sounds from the Vortex” is not an entirely original album, but the songs’ composition and aesthetic are superb. I believe we should certainly keep an eye on The Spirit in the future, as a hot prospect in its genre. Give them a chance and you will be rewarded.