Album Review: Kettlespider – Kettlespider

KETTLESPIDER Release Sophomore Self-Titled Album on Otober 24th

Almost five years after its debut album Avadante (review here), Melbourne’s experimentalists Kettlespider are back to the business with a brand new full-length, self-titled effort. This new record proves one thing — this act definitely represents one of the most innovative bands on the current scene, and having said that I certainly hope that some big label will notice the band’s creative potential and sign them what will bring them opportunities for touring and breaking out of Australia.

Kettlespider is absolutely a crushing record, but in the same time it’s constructive and creative release full of energy and power. On this album, guys own the sound by making it obedient, what’s shown through the unification of all diverse parts.

The opening track “The Climber” gains the attention it seeks from stabs of post-progressive rock contrasted with avant-garde and psychedelic ambiance. It doesn’t take much for the band to show the beauty of improvisation in about two and a half minutes.

“Circus” with the implementation of various synth and organ motifs are a step forward to the more experimental territory, while “Samsara” feels a bit gloomy courtesy of opening acoustic line. Guitar solo after the break is such a melodic outburst.

Kettlespider artwork

“Break the Safe Pt.1” soothes far more often than it shreds. Kettlespider do not blow their load early in an effort to maintain the listener’s interest, but rather choose to foreplay. The band teases the listener by pursuing unexpected sonic paths while never failing in their ability to deliver a killer hook when atmosphere and melody will no longer suffice.

The appetite of the band for dizzying rhythms is obvious in groovy “Anubis.” What’s better than jazz-rock as a playground to highlight their rhythmical obsessions. The tracks features a trumpet performance by Fabian Acuna, retaining a strong flavour of the burgeoning jazz-fusion of the seventies. The guitar solo towards the middle of the song, as well as the guitar-organ interplay are exceptionally well executed. “Anubis” is the biggest highlight of the album; the band has packed a powerful combination on styles in just over seven minutes.

“Life” extends the range by delving deeper to the metal spectre adding chugging riffs to already rich palette of colors. The spacious sound patterns are extended most of time with guitar solos and synths, which once again push the Kettlespider in unexplored directions.

The ethereal metal vibe of “Rebirth” shows yet another facette of the band. Some swirling and scintillating sounds, akin to the ones offered by musical boxes or lullabies, provide an enchanting side to the whole.

Kettlespider closes with “Break the Safe Pt. 2,” a slow-paced acoustic tune which is electrified as the song nears its completion.

This album is a powerful offering from the Australians. The group has taken a distinctive combination of ingredients and squeezed out every bit of potential out of them. Whatever Kettlespider do next, in any case, I’m there.

Kettlespider is out on October 24th; pre-order it from Bandcamp.

Tracklist:

1. The Climber
2. Circus
3. Samsara
4. Break The Safe Pt. 1
5. Anubis
6. Life
7. Rebirth
8. Break The Safe Pt. 2

Line-up:

Colin Andrews – Bass
Scott Ashburn – Guitars
Haris Boyd-Gerny – Guitars
Geoffrey Fyfe – Keyboards
Simon Wood – Drums

With:

Fabian Acuña – trumpet on “Circus” and “Anubis”

Links:

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