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Spirits of the Dead

by Spirits of the Dead

A psychedelic-stoner-folk-rock band hailing from the long and deep fjords of the west coast of Norway. One foot in the beloved 60's and early 70s and the other in the modern rock sound of 2012.
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1. White Lady / Black Rave
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2. The Waves of Our Ocean
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3. My Wild Dream
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4. Red
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5. T.I.T ( Traveller in Time)
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6. Fields of Gold
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7. Spirits of the Dead
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Never was a repeat button as valuable as it was today – Eclipsed (DE)

Magnificent psychedelia. From melodic and delicate tender to really hard and frenetic; fearless Spirits of the Dead is grand and fascinating - Bergens Tidene (N)

Tasteful psychedelia. This debut album is the best I have heard of rock this year – Trønderavisa (N) - Also picked Top 5 Album 2008

The Norwegian act has found a rather intriguing voice that smacks of a lethal beauty - Muzikreviews(US) – Pick of the week!

It would appear that Norway, the band's home, is where the dead spirits of the rock gods go to be conjured up by young lads willing and able to channel them. – CMJ.com (US)

While their influences lie in the past, their vision looks to the future, setting them apart from so many of their peers. - Glide Magazine(US)

Behind a sophisticated silver-embossed cover hides another Scandinavian retro-trip to the golden age of hand-made guitar music.-Musikreviews(DE)

Spirits of the Dead have come here with a very hot iron from the cold Norway swept around the corner!!! - Rocktimes (DE)

I've listened over and over trying to find at least one negative point to say about this album but the truth we must face is that there isn't one bit negative on this whole album.. it all falls to pieces perfectly and SOTD proves with this killer album that they are scandinavian top! - Metal to Infinity (BE)

Excellent! The best debut album I’ve heard in a long time. – FHM (N)

Spirits of the Dead pounds away, in between their psychedelia and arena rock- references. – Haugesunds Avis (N)

Grand psychedelic stoner rock – Groove (N)

Spirits of the Dead shows that Norway has bands that got great skills and brilliance. Natt og Dag (N)

We’re bewitched since the first notes. The fiery SPIRITS OF THE DEAD’s psychedelic rock sweep aside all that lay in its passage -Progressive-Area (FR)

SOTD is a MUST hear for all Classic Rock and stoner rock fans, as well as stoners - Crash and Burn (US)

They're not just a cheap knockoff, though. They are the real deal. So far, their album, Spirits of the Dead, is an absolute must buy –Chronicles of a Soda (US)

Listen to the muscular rhythm section on that boogie-woogie bass riff-not a single extra note out of place, nor a poorly placed cymbal hit to be found. - Itsatrap (US)

Everything sounds and looks perfect in this release. Metal Perspective (GR)

One of the coolest bands in that direction, is Spirits of the Dead - Amboss-Mag (DE)

The band storms up with a great rumbling psychedelic album – Mestrock (SE)

They pull out some seriously sexy early Zep-esque strokes and some succulently drilled smoked till just right hazy transcendentalist slow burn freak outs – Losing today(US)

Spirits of the Dead have created with their impressive debut, the lively sound of 40 years ago with the musical and technical developments of recent years to unite - The Pit (DE)

I'd say start off with “White Lady/Black Rave,” “Fields of Gold,” and “SOTD,” and if you like what you hear, go indulge in the rest. I sure

did. Recommended - Stonerrock.com (US)

The ghosts play bold, loud, erotic, even forgotten, fast, taut and researching – Ragazzi (DE)

The Debut album is an exhibition in psychedelic rock. - Joyzine (S)
The sound of this astonishing debut album, is as it should be: warm, full-and juicy - Hooked on Music (DE)
Spirits of the Dead make for a wild album that can be both light and agile as well as crushingly heavy. - Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense (US)

Fifth tune T.I.T. sort of introduced some early Black Sabbath influences in brief moments, but on Spirits of the Dead longer segments are totally dominated by the almost evil-sounding, dark and twisted guitar riffs with a late 60's tinge to them..." Progressive Ears (US)

In conclusion, this is a classy album which successfully manages to establish its own identity and sound relatively timeless DPRP - Dutch Progressive Rock Page (NL)



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The Norwegian band The Spirits of the Dead
The Norwegian band The Spirits of the Dead was founded in 2007 by Ole Øvstedal (guitar), Ragnar Vikse (vocals), Deadly Nightshade (bass), and Geir Thorstensen (Drums). After a tour around Scandinavia, the band called some attention upon it, pushing them to release their debut album: “The Spirits of the Dead” (2009, White Elephant Records). With a beautiful artwork on cover – a silvery stamp showing the image of an Indian elephant – the album brings only 7 tracks and lasts less than 40 minutes. The musical style of "The Spirits of the Dead" is not something that can be described as Progressive or Prog Metal – but is peculiar enough to allow the band into this site. The band members define their style as “Psychedelic-Stoner-Folk-Rock with one foot on the electric magic of the seventies and the other on the electric modern rock of 2012” – and they may be right. To me, The Spirits… may be placed inside the ample circle of the “alternative rock bands”. The sonority is like a crossover between the British Punk Rock of the seventies (represented by bands like The Clash or The Jam) and the earlier Hard-Rock bands (mainly "Led Zeppelin" of “Led IV” and “Physical Graffiti”), adding some psychedelic guitars and keyboards effects and Indian-like guitars and percussions. Vocals by Vikse are not aggressive, but juvenile and high pitched, sometimes hovering. Songs like “White Lady/Black Rave“ and “The Waves of our Ocean“ combine a Punk-like beat with psychedelic elements, while “My Wild Dream“, “Red“ and “The Spirits of the Dead“ bring some Indian-like guitars and percussion, and vocal melodies that are reminiscent of "Led Zeppelin". The later song is still surprising by its heavy and darker riffs. “Fields of Gold“ is a radio-song in British style that contrasts with the melancholic guitar of “T.I.T. (Traveler in Time)“. Still in its beginning, The Spirits of the Dead has not defined what line to follow, but it is good to remain opened to many styles instead of lock the doors to creativity. This band has yet to make its sound mature, but I think it to be very promising. The Spirits of The Dead must be checked out by people that like alternative rock with flavors of the 70’s. Band members involved in The Spirits of the Dead are: Ole Øvstedal - Guitars, Ragnar Vikse - Vocals, Geir Thorstensen – Drums, Deadly Nightshade - Bass, Keyboards...