Black Widow Records
This band is actually the history of the hard rock and heavy metal music. What do I mean? We all know BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE and URIA HEEP, but in the same era there were also bands in other countries like Italy (from where SPETTRI are) that moved on the same sound. SPETTRI for example where formed in 1964. In 1972 they managed to release an album which was poorly produced and for that reason never got the attention it was worth. However in 2011 Black Widow Records re – released it and because of the interest that it drew they have also released the continuation of this album which is the one that I will present to you here.
THE COVER: It is a dark and gloomy cover I have to say and fits very well with the whole atmosphere of this album and of course the concept story that unfolds with the tracks that are included here. In the right corner you can see a human skull and a human figure walking on a road and on the left a demonic structure or being made of flesh, bones and wings. The cover holds a lot of details and I am sure that all of them have something to do with the lyrics. The artist really did a good work and managed to depict the sound of SPETTRI on this painting.
MUSICAL STYLE: This is the sophomore album of the band that comes 43 years after their debut album. As we say here in Greece good things take time. The first thing that I have noticed in this release is the feeling of the 70’s that the band manages to keep in this contemporary release. This means that the basis of the sound is of course the 70’s hard rock and heavy metal music, but there is a mood of experimentation and exploration here. So next to the DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH and URIAH HEEP oriented riffs you will find references to jazz music and progressive and psychedelic rock. All these elements create a musical amalgam that gives a dark and yet travelling mood to the album that is consistent to the concept story that unfolds here. It is, by the way, an esoteric journey of a person to find out his true self and also a study on human nature.
CONCLUSION: This is not an easy listening release and I think that SPETTRI intended to create an album that demands the full concentration of the listener in order to comprehend this album. It is a musical journey though that will pay you back and make you think a few things about us. The fans of 70’s hard and progressive rock must check it out.