"Eternal Blue" (Rise Records; 2021)

Reviewed by Snidermann

I was searching for new music to review and, lo and behold, I came across Spiritbox. If you were to look back on my reviews, you'll see that I happen to have a soft spot for female metal signers. Doro, Wendy O. Williams (The Plasmatics), Angela Gossow of Arch Enemy and, of course, Otep Shamaya from Otep—just to name a few because there are so many.

Well, Spiritbox is just such a band and their singer, Courtney LaPlante, puts on one killer performance throughout . She and her fiancé, Mike Stringer, were in a band called iwresteledabearonce (all one word) and I do remember that band. This metal outfit from Canada is a solid representation of what hard metal music should be. Not only does Courtney deliver an awesome metal vocal performance, she also uses every part of her vocal range to perform a wide range and that just keeps everything fun. Sometimes, I wish she would use the metal vocals more and leave the soft stuff for later; however, that does not detract from the overall coolness of this recording.

I have to tell you this is one talented band with a future as wide as the sky is blue. The music delivers from the beginning and never really lets up. I don't know ... there is just something about female singers that makes me happy to be alive. I will keep my eye on this band. They could, and should, be doing some great things in heavy music. I can only image what they would be live.

The other members are Bill Crook on bass and Zev Rose on drums.

For more information, check out https://spiritbox.com/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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