Elay Arson / Spirit | Death
Elay Arson has continually proven themselves to be a band you need to pay attention to. Their last album, Rites of the Damned was one of 2017's best, and you'd think the task of even matching its intensity would be impossible. Think again. Not only have Elay Arson pushed their sound beyond what I thought possible, in Spirit | Death they've created one of the best hybrid synth albums I've ever heard.
The description of Spirit | Death over at Bandcamp reads:
How cool is that?!? As someone who grew up being taught about my Cherokee ancestry, the Native American tenants of Spirit | Death fascinate me. Fusing Native American folklore, synthwave, and some of the blackest metal you can imagine into an album has to be one of the most ambitious concepts I've ever covered. As you can imagine, this could go off the rails in any number of ways, but Elay Arson blend these elements together like they were meant to be.
I also want to be clear on something...beyond all the things I just mentioned, Spirit | Death is a very nuanced, expertly produced record. There are subtle chord progressions, complex transitions, and a wide range of sounds being used. I can promise you this with no hesitation, you've never, ever heard an album like this.
Spirit | Death is nothing short of a progressive synth/metal masterpiece. It shows the songwriting prowess of a duo you need to watch out for, launching Elay Arson into the lofty heights of the best the scene has to offer. There is no question, if you are reading this, you need this album in your collection. Head over to Bandcamp where you've got your choice of digital or limited edition cassette.
Before you go, I had a chance to ask the guys about the album this week, and here's what they had to say: