Kerrang! Magazine is now streaming Divided By Darkness, the valiant new LP by Arizona metal outfit SPIRIT ADRIFT, on the eve of its release through 20 Buck Spin. The album is playing alongside an interview with founder Nathan Garret on the creation of their most epic album yet and the personal trials and tribulations from which the album was inspired. The album also strikes just a week before the band embarks on their massive North American support tour for the LP.
The follow-up to their acclaimed Curse Of Conception LP, which was ranked the #2 best of 2017 by Decibel Magazine, SPIRIT ADRIFT’s Divided By Darkness was recorded, engineered, and mixed by Sanford Parker (Darkthrone, Eyehategod, Tombs) with the drums recorded at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studio, and the cover art commissioned to Joe Petagno (Motörhead, Magic Circle, Autopsy).
With their full stream of the LP, the in-depth feature at Kerrang! proclaims in part, “Ultimately, the pressure makes for a diamond of a record. Divided By Darkness is not only SPIRIT ADRIFT’s greatest output, but one of the most electrifying and anthemic records of this decade. Across eight tracks, SPIRIT ADRIFT tackles the darkest areas of society today with a newly-honed and searing vocal delivery as well as a multi-layered instrumental approach featuring blistering guitar solos and vibrant, nostalgic synthesizers.”
Listen to SPIRIT ADRIFT’s entire Divided By Darkness LP and immerse yourself in the feature through Kerrang! at THIS LOCATION.
20 Buck Spin will issue Divided By Darkness on LP, CD, and digital platforms this Friday, May 10th. Find preorders including multiple vinyl color variants, digipak CDs, merch bundles, and more at 20 Buck Spin’s webshop HERE and via Bandcamp HERE, as well as through all digital providers.
Just days after the album’s release, SPIRIT ADRIFT will trek across the continent in support of Divided By Darkness. The Divided By Darkness Spring Tour will begin in the band’s hometown of Phoenix, Arizona on May 18th and run for five full weeks, hitting dozens of cities across the US and Canada, coming to a halt in Ft. Worth, Texas on June 22nd. The first several West Coast US shows will see support provided by Haunt, two West Coast Canadian shows will see SPIRIT ADRIFT paired with Dopethrone – including a set at Modified Ghost Festival IV in Vancouver on May 25th with the likes of High On Fire, Toxic Holocaust, Doomriders, and more – and the final eleven East and Southeast Coast US shows will see High Command providing support.
SPIRIT ADRIFT Divided By Darkness Spring Tour:
5/18/2019 Rebel Lounge – Phoenix, AZ *
5/19/2019 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA *
5/21/2019 The Echo – Los Angeles, CA *
5/22/2019 Elbo Room Jack London – Oakland, CA *
5/24/2019 Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
5/25/2019 Modified Ghost Festival – Vancouver, BC [info]
5/27/2019 Starlite Room Temple – Edmonton, AB ^ [info]
5/28/2019 The Palomino – Calgary, AB
5/30/2019 Northwest Terror Fest – Seattle, WA
5/31/2019 Neurolux – Boise, ID
6/01/2019 Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
6/02/2019 Lost Lake – Denver, CO
6/04/2019 Sleeping Village – Chicago, IL
6/05/2019 Deluxx Fluxx – Detroit, MI
6/06/2019 Sneaky Dee’s – Toronto, ON
6/07/2019 Turbohaus – Montréal, QC
6/08/2019 Great Scott – Boston, MA #
6/11/2019 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY #
6/12/2019 Monty Hall – Jersey City, NJ #
6/13/2019 Songbyrd – Washington, DC #
6/14/2019 Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA #
6/15/2019 The Camel – Richmond, VA #
6/16/2019 Kings – Raleigh, NC #
6/18/2019 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA #
6/19/2019 Spanish Moon – Baton Rouge, LA #
6/21/2019 Hotel Vegas – Austin, TX #
6/22/2019 Ridglea Room – Ft. Worth, TX #
* w/ Haunt
# w/ High Command
^ w/ Dopethrone
Flashback to 2017: SPIRIT ADRIFT dropped its second LP Curse Of Conception via 20 Buck Spin, a huge step forward following the debut, landing at #2 in Decibel Magazine’s best albums of the year and carving out a sound now patently its own. Lazily labelled doom by some, the band is in fact the true representation of what modern heavy metal should be, a direct descendant of the widely-appealing arena-filling superstars of the ‘80s and ‘90s without a whiff of anachronistic cosplay fantasies.
SPIRIT ADRIFT’s third album, Divided By Darkness delivers on the promise first revealed on Curse Of Conception and then advances far beyond it in every way achieving a timeless album for the ages. First single “Hear Her” pummels with the concise urgency and unforgettable chorus of a vital radio hit while “Angel & Abyss” has the classic progression that leads from reflective ballad to rapturous anthemic triumph. The continued evolution of Nathan Garrett as a top vocal talent in modern heavy metal shines through amidst the masterful musicianship and huge production value engineered by Sanford Parker.
Among the many stylistic divergences within rock and metal, SPIRIT ADRIFT’s Divided By Darkness understands that there is no substitute for huge ambition, soul-bearing lyricism, and most importantly, the ability of an immaculately penned riff and impassioned chorus to alter hearts and minds. Astonishingly Divided By Darkness is SPIRIT ADRIFT’s heaviest and most accessible album to date and will stand as the apex of heavy metal songcraft in 2019.
Divided By Darkness sees Nathan Garrett also handling all lead and harmony vocals, guitar, and bass, with drums handled by Marcus Bryant, and features synth and Wurlitzer by Preston Bryant and choral vocals on “Living Light” by Kayla Dixon. On stage, SPIRIT ADRIFT’s lineup is comprised of Nathan Garrett on vocals and guitar, Marcus Bryant on drums, Chase Mason on bass, and Jeff Owens on guitar.