Restless Spirit put Heavy Metal and Stoner Doom in a “Cascading Immolator” (first video)
Slow, heavy riffs may have been a founding element of doom metal, but the same founding institutions of the genre that produced these iconic, heavy riffs also had a penchant for the exact opposite: exuberant, melodic passages that were everything. except slow. While leaning only on the first side produced tons of iconic bands, there’s a special place in my heart for metal which deals with both the fast and the slow while also excelling at both. that of New York Restless mind already had a good grasp of this with their debut feature of 2019 Lords of the New Depression, but their next album Blood of the Old Gods shows a progression from a more stoner heaviness to a turbocharged, all-inclusive extrapolation of Sabbathian doom with a vicious character and an absolute monopoly on just riffs across all tempos, shapes and sizes. Now watch the video for the track “Cascade Immolator”, which, in seconds, demonstrates how well the band executes their vision of dynamic heavy metal.
Opening onto a crushing, muddy hook, the song almost immediately introduces a melodic lick at odds with the meanness of said hook, as if it posed a counterpoint to the initial musical statement. This contrast then resolves into a doubly precise and devastating passage reminiscent of the best of retro-metal offerings from the early 2000s, like the overt influence of Restless Spirit, The Sword, but with a menacing luster thanks to the darker tones in game here. With just a hint of progressive zest, the song highlights Restless Spirit’s ability to lean into bouncy, explosive beats, then fall back into slower cadences without losing momentum. With a huge and spacious drum sound and echoing guitar return layers in the background, this is a song with a great atmosphere to match its big riffs and some subtle tricks up its sleeve: I especially enjoy how vigorous rhythmic riffs are often accompanied by slower, ethereal harmonies that float over chaos like sonic fog.
Blood of the Old Gods draws inspiration from the past, but he also puts a very different spin on Restless Spirit’s sound, highlighting their melodic and technical prowess while sharpening and corroding their attack. The accompanying video, set in an abandoned airfield, is a pretty accurate summary: bones of the past spout new blood, rust-stained upstarts ready to keep traditions alive but having fun doing it.
Of the group :
We’re incredibly excited to bring you our new video for “Cascade Immolator” – it’s our comeback statement and a great taste of what’s to come. With the words “I found out you were a snake once you bit me” the new album comes down completely. It’s about realizing that the people around you are not who you thought they were. It’s that simple. The video was awesome and was shot in two days. Of course, on the first day we were chased away by a number of cops and oversized vans because we were entering without permission. On the second, a plane attempted to land where we were playing on an old airfield that is no longer supposed to be in use – I guess it didn’t get the memo, and unfortunately the plane did not land and we lived. The video talks about rocking. That’s it.
Blood of the Old Gods will be released on December 10 via Lifesblood Records.
Restless Spirit wraps up its fall tour with a final date in Louisville, Kentucky today (7/10/2021) at Mag Bar.