To be honest, there’s no shortage of metal bands in Indiana, and few of them find a way to separate themselves from the pack. Spirit Division just happens to be one of them. Their last EP was drenched in bluesy, doomy goodness with solid riffs and some truly unique vocal arrangements. On their new album No Rapture, Spirit Division embraces the doom full on. Vocalist and bassist Chris Latta, along with Jace Epple and Stephen Hoffman have crafted a solid follow-up with some interesting, nontraditional twists throughout while still keeping true to their Sabbath-worshiping roots.
Most tracks on the album clock in at just over three minutes, but still manage to sprinkle in variety. “Whispers in the Embers” is probably the most traditional sounding doom song off of the album, but Spirit Division mixes it up by taking their already distinct vocals in a unique direction. The galloping chorus and a gravelly guitar solo also make this one memorable. The stoner rock intro to “No Rapture” is complimented nicely with vocal tradeoffs between bassist Chris Latta and guitarist Stephen Hoffman. “When the Sun Explodes” is certainly the catchiest song off of the album, maintaining an aggressive tempo throughout with a nice “scream along” chorus. “Rewinding Life” has a remarkable backward tape intro which goes into a bluesy verse reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog.” “A Dark Request” harkens back to the 70s days of old with its classic sounding wah-wah intro and contains arguably the best riff on the album. The longest track “Wendigo,” with its dreamy rhythmic intro and tempo changes, demands to be played while driving down a dark highway with the windows down.
Overall, fans of doom metal, the blues, and even classic rock would be missing out if they didn’t give this a listen. Spirit Division has managed to evolve their sound while still staying true to their roots with an album that grooves from start to finish.
“When the Sun Explodes”
“A Dark Request”
Spirit Division’s next show will be Tuesday, August 2 at the Melody Inn with Caustic Casanova and The Creative.
Show starts at 8 p.m./21+
Check out the event’s Facebook page here.