Husband and wife team Mario and Sarah Quintero have been sat at home worrying about the state of the world. But instead of blanking it out with some Celebrity Love Island they've made an album of ultra intense dream rock that has garnered comparisons to Hum, My Bloody Valentine and Isis (the band...as the press release helpfully points out).
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See, I'm a massive fan of anything that goes 'dun dun dun da dun-da dun dun dun', so I think I was always going to like this record. Seismic is something that we listen to every Friday when the Norman Records metal appreciation society are working (minus Robin).
It starts off as if it could be something quite ambient and relaxed, but as you move on to the second track, you soon realise that you've begun listening to what could be the soundtrack to Dante's nine circles of Hell. They either have or will do (depending on when you read this) go on tour with Deftones and Refused so that should sort of give you an insight into the kind of vibe that Spotlight are trying to achieve. What makes this band also kinda' cool is the massive female influence on the record - something we don't really see enough of.
Moving on, you get much more of that 'dum-ba-da dum-da' guitar rhythm plugging away at your brain. I guess that some people find it sort of annoying and quite repetitive, which is can be - but Spotlights have a secret weapon. And that weapon comes from Mario Quintero and his pretty cracking job at combining My Bloody Valentine style musky vocals over the music. Seriously, listen to any song on the record and you'll see what I mean.
Once again, this album is something that I've already pre-ordered for when it's actually released, and I honestly can't wait to p*** off all my housemates playing it on full blast. I'm trying to think about the song that actually made me love this record, and I think it could very well be track number seven - The Opening. The song has a pretty simple, but super effective use of electronics in the chorus.
The use of onomatopoeia has been crucial in writing this review, because it's been difficult to explain the sound of this band without using the literal sound that the guitars make. Therefore/to conclude/in conclusion etc etc, I'd definitely advise you to give it a listen - it's one of the best metal records I've heard in while.
8/10 gbar 13th December 2017
New York-based, husband and wife duo Spotlights come up with their sophomore album that arrives bolstered by prodigious support, such as the fact that this is released on Mike Patton’s Ipecac label and that they’ve performed support slots with Deftones.
Fortunately, Seismic lives up to the hype, and it is definitely seismic in name and in nature as it’s full of cascading, thundering guitar riffs, blending sludge metal with shoegaze together to create such thick atmospheres. The opening title track could be considered as a warm-up piece, with the gentle intro easing into sludgy, slow-burning riffs and drags the listener into the murky fog where the following one-two of “Learn to Breathe" and "The Size of the Planet" finds the intensity of the wall-of-sound heaviness rising at a steady pace with Mario Quintero’s dream-pop vocals proving a compelling counterpoint to the doom and gloom going on behind him. You can definitely hear the influence of Smashing Pumpkins and Deftones (especially on “The Opening”) throughout the album, and more often than not they usually let the riffs speak the loudest, as they do on “Under the Earth”, one of the rare moments with some proper (and well earned) harsh vocals. Many of the tracks here extend well beyond five minutes, a couple even goes into eight minutes, but Spotlights are able to maintain the atmospheres long enough to keep any one song from wearing out its welcome, even when the atmospheres themselves are what holds some of these epic pieces together.
With ‘Seismic’, Spotlights have their own unique definition of heaviness here, and it’s one that offers some very interesting possibilities that goes well beyond the already impressive results here.
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