Spacegoat - Superstition
The original Spacegoat EP got a lot of plays around here, with its classic rock sound infused with doomy heaviness. The band took their time writing new material before venturing back into the studio ,so I was happy to pony up a couple of bucks when we finally got the promise of a full album of material from the group. Spacegoat did not disappoint - this is an album well worth the wait. There is a lot of musical talent on display here, and the band really shows us what it is capable of.
We open with the one-two punch of Doomensional and Transmuta, which let us know we are in for something special. The tracks are hooky and the power of Gina Rios’ vocal are front and center, as are Miguel’s muscular guitar riffs. The production is clear and effective, designed to let the whole band shine.
Like the best classic rock, the music is not all about raw power. There is agility here too - Gina’s vocals always have subtlety. Her octave jumps in Transmuta remind me of guitar harmonics. Things lay back a little with As We Land, starting with a cool blues guitar riff, but the rhythm section of Fraga and Vigil keep things churning along nicely. This band really gels together nicely on this album.
Title track Supersition reminds me of the title tracks on old Maiden albums - an epic barn-burner of a song that shows everything the band has to offer which provides the frame to hang the rest of the album on. It builds slowly with shifting guitars, and propulsive drumming climaxing in a Kashmir-like finish.
The Wooden Path is a folksy acoustic number with a filigree guitar figure that wouldn’t be out of place on Zeppelin III or played by the late, great Bert Jansch. I could listen to an album's worth of this style alone. We enter the home stretch of the set with the Sabbath-y intro of Erase the Sun, which bleeds into some nice psychedelic jams. Sleeping Hours begins like a lullaby, offering to send us gently on our way, but cannot resist one final crushing finish to launch us full speed ahead into oblivion.
Hopefully an American tour is in the cards soon. These songs are too good not to get the chance to hear live where they will no doubt get some room to stretch. If they need a kickstarter for that too, I’m ready to help make it happen.
Gina Ríos - Vocals & Guitar
Miguel Ríos - Lead Guitar
Rey Fraga - Drums
Rigo Vigil - Bass
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