Labeled as 'Norway's finest psychedelic stoner band', Spirits of the Dead are set to unleash their third release Rumours of a Presence on The End Records. Following the critically acclaimed The Great God Pan, Rumours of a Presence also hits on many of the same elements, as the band touch on classic '60s & '70s sounds but deliver them with a modern twist.
Images of Pink Floyd & Van Der Graaf Generator pop up on tracks such as "Dance of the Dead" and the title cut, thanks to some yearning vocals and layers of guitar & keyboard effects, but for the most part there's a spooky, often times doomy vibe going on here, that when combined with the space rock & prog makes for a winning combination. "Red Death" actually comes close to vintage Black Sabbath with plenty of massive guitar riffs, but then the lush pastoral nature of "Seaweed" and the textured psych/folk piece "Oceanus" adds even more variety. If you want straight hard rocking stoner material, look no further than "Wheels of the Word" and "Song of Many Reefs", each one a great '70s styled heavy rock number.
Great vocals, plenty of muscular riffs, atmosphere, and just an overall enjoyable vibe that permeates the whole album, Rumours of a Presence caught me by surprise and really knocked me on my ass. Check it out, you won't be disappointed!
01. Wheels Of The World
02. Song Of Many Reefs
03. Golden Sun
04. Dance Of The Dead
05. Rumours Of New Presence
06. Red Death