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High Spirits: High Spirits
Heavy Metal
Hells Headbangers
April 15th, 2014
Release length: 00:08:15
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High Spirits formed back in 2009 in Chicago, Illinois as a solo act for Chris Black (Dawnbringer, Pharaoh and Superchrist). After a couple demos and 2011’s independently released debut full-lenth Another Night, he returns with High Spirits, a two song single to promote the upcoming album You Are Here. But is it worth picking up, or are both these songs a waste of time?

“High Spirits” kicks the recording off with a rather laid back NWOBHM-style performance. The louder bass is rich and deep, complimenting the lower chugs of the guitars well, while the drums help create an uplifting rhythm against the layered vocals in the chorus. There plenty of great leads throughout, and the guitar solo is a solid performance. “Night After Night,” however, finds the lead hooks creating a sort of sixties Doo-Wop performance with a deeper edge. It’s an interesting touch that sounds like a skipping record in the main verses, and the clean singing seems pushed a bit further in the background. While a decent cut, it feels like the definition of a b-side, perhaps sounding better in the writing stage but didn’t come out as strong in the studio. This song causes High Spirits to become a tough decision, making it more a purchase for vinyl collectors or serious fans of the band, Chris, or vintage Heavy Metal in general only.

01. High Spirits – 4:07
02. Night After Night – 4:07
Initial Pressing Score: 6/10

High Spirits
High Spirits

Digital review copy of this release provided by Hells Headbangers.