On this album, New Mexico’s Spiral really stretches out, tackling an apocalyptic, sci-fi–ish concept album that would make the Mars Volta proud. This struck me like maybe Pink Floyd meets Mogwai with a dash of Ministry. Sometimes though, it feels like the songs kind of drag a bit due to the drumming and/or the drum programming. I think maybe a more spirited drum performance and mix would have helped this along. As it stands though, this is still worth seeking out. It reminds me of some of the classic “headphone” albums of the ‘70s in that it feels like it was intended to be listened to in one sitting and not just random songs.
–Garrett Barnwell (Self-released)