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“ETERNAL BLUE” DROPPED 09/17/2021 VIA RISE RECORDS

You’ve heard of SPIRITBOX. I know you have and if you haven’t the only excuse you have is that you get confused with proper nouns of musical groups. I get it, kind of. Getting tripped up on new band names will be the only pass I will allow; as lame as it is. SPIRITBOX is THE only one of a handful of new bands that has been on the lips of ev-ar-ey-one in rock since mid-2020; so no biggie that you got “confused”.

OK, that last sentence is total sarcasm and it is a huge deal if you have managed to escape hearing about SPIRITBOX over the past year. Eternal Blue is the band’s debut record, but over the last year with the release of several singles from Eternal Blue including “Holy Roller“, “Constance”, “Circle With Me”, Secret Garden” and “Hurt You” seemingly make the record feel like a greatest hits, not a debut. The metal press and YouTube Reactors can NOT get enough of SPIRITBOX. Honestly, when “Constance” hit the deck, I was so surprised that YouTube did not come to a screeching hault with how many times it was played and how many Reaction Channels jumped to chime in with their two cents on the track. I’ve never seen so many grown guys literally break down into tears on their shows listening and watching “Constance”!

The first time I heard SPIRITBOX, it was their first release“Holy Roller“. I think my exact words at start of the first chorus was, “HOLY CRAP!!”. I replayed it and before I had even looked up the band, the fleeting thought that this song was either a mix or an one of those songs that stands out, gains attention for the band and when the EP or LP drops, it’s the only track worth the price of beans in China on the whole record. But I added it to my Dailies and carried on about my day.

Of course I jammed “Holy Roller” over and over, but didn’t really give the band more thought because, well, they had not released anything else and honestly, I didn’t think their next release could hold up to the raucous rant of “Holy Roller“. Boy, I have never been that wrong about the next track released by a band in my life! “Constance” changed me molecularly; literally down to the cellular level. This song fused with every fiber of my being; the melodic timing, the key it was written, lyrically, everything about it imprinted within my spirit. Empathetically, I had experienced what I interpreted the song to be about. Its composition and SPIRITBOX’s performance brought me, and a gazillion of others, to tears.

It was with the release of that song, “Constance”, that I knew this band was not going to be a fly by night, shot in the dark, or one hit wonder. “Constance” lended me to realize that what I heard in the measures of “Holy Roller” was not just electronic clangs or pseudo-sampling, and bellowing emotional screams. “Holy Roller” was created from the same place in the gut that “Constance” came from.

ETERNAL BLUE / TRACK LIST:

  1. Sun Killer
  2. Hurt You
  3. Yellowjacket feat. Sam Carter
  4. The Summit
  5. Secret Garden
  6. Silk In The Strings
  7. Holy Roller
  8. Eternal Blue
  9. We Live In A Strange World
  10. Halcyon
  11. Circle With Me
  12. Constance

What I love about Eternal Blue and SPIRITBOX. COURTNEY LAPLANTE, vocalist, verbally, speaks from her chest. Her methodic choice in lyrical delivery is brilliant. COURTNEY has a range that can melt your face and rock your heart. MIKE STRINGER takes the guitar parts and dissects them to become choral in some ways. He shows that he is not a stranger to heavy music and the world of rock. MIKE translates into chords and progressions what moves and gravitates music fans to music; their music. BILL CROOK plays the bass like a percussive pirate; looting chords and notes that the listener can feel adding to the dynamite dynamic of SPIRITBOX.

To say that SPIRITBOX is a bold, refreshing, and brilliant addition to Rock is an understatement. It is true that their music is fresh AF, I will say that. Hands down, this group is one of the best parts of the last year, if not the only best part. The members as SPIRITBOX show no mercy in all 12 tracks and bring a sense of normalcy back to music that personally, I have missed. The record is precisely produced and the mix is balanced, blatantly brutal at points, and beautifully rendered down to show their grasp on conveying music that fans crave. Eternal Blue is modern, and COURTNEY’s muse-like mantras are wedged into that confusing part of us between the head and the heart.

Eternal Blue gives listeners everything they could possibly want from a band and a record. SPIRITBOX possibly has done the impossible or improbable with their debut release by combining 12 bangers that fans will not grow tired of for decades to come.

SPIRITBOX

Courtney LaPlante – Vocals
Mike Stringer – Guitar
Bill Crook – Bassist

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