REVIEW: Spite (US) - Antimoshiach

SPITE (US)
ANTIMOSHIACH
INVICTUS PRODUCTIONS

There is something different about Spite and their newest album, Antimoshiach, and it took me a good while to pinpoint what it was. Initially, Antimoshiach feels like typical black-metal fare, the first half of 'The Devil's Minyan' being vastly misleading when it comes to the following content - almost to the point where I was a little weary that I might be listening to something so generic that I'd have nothing to say about. Thank whatever-you-believe-in, that this album picks up almost immediately. Spite has a certain distinct style on offer, where a good bit of the focus is on constructing sinister, varied, compositions to suit the album's themes rather then walls of distortion and vocal tracks so hopelessly broken that you have no hope of knowing what you are truly listening to (even though the band seems to consider itself 'raw'). Sure, there is some typicality, but I'll get to that later.

Noticeably, Antimoshiach doesn't really have a whole lot of distortion or anything compared to it's black-metal kin. It has some familiar ideas, things you could hear with other bands like  Vampire, but for some odd reason it seems just a bit toned down; always feeling a bit antiquated - but it ends up working out for the better, attributing the ominous atmosphere this album occasionally delves into. Sometimes things go back a bit too far though, getting so simple as to sound a little bit like old school Horror Punk, but that is never for long. Most of the 'black-metal' feeling comes from Spites vocalist, who just goes wild with all the lyrics.Half the time I don't even know what is being said, something about Satanic wars and blood and whatnot, but he is having a blast with it. I particularly love when they begin to howl - there is something extremely effectual about the distance and ominous tone it can create within this album. I've got to say, without him I'm not too sure if the band would be what it is. Not to say everything else isn't great, but the vocalist definitely pushes everything to the next level.

As for that typicality, there are some times where Antimoshiach just feels like any other low-fi black metal band. I'm talking same old drum beat, same old dissonance, and most certainly same-old lyrical content. For all I can say about the vocals, the content behind them is creative, but it has been done and done again within black-metal and I as much as I'm liking Spite as I write this, I can't rightly give the album points for having such a been-there-done-that element. Also, this album is criminally short. I was through the album four times in less then a couple hours, but I can at least say I wasn't bored of it. Not even close.

Final thoughts on Spite's Antimoshiach? Everything good has shortcomings, and with so few problems and so much to like, with the general toned-down distortion and amazing black-metal vocals, I got to say that this album is definitely something that should be, at least, checked out. For me, it's probably worth a purchase, but definitely something to be included on a playlist down the road - when it releases early February, 2018.