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Spirits of the Dead

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Listen to Spirits of the Dead

“Sounds like King Crimson jamming to tracks from Physical Grafitti” - Classic Rock Magazine
“A three-note riff heavy enough to raze skyscrapers, to level cities, nay, to crack the earth” - The Line of Best Fit
“The album sounds heavenly. A dream debut.” - Revolver Magazine
“Great stuff and definitely one to watch.” - Classic Rock Society
“Recommended!” -

Spirits of the Dead are a psychedelic-stoner-folk-rock band with one foot in the eclectic magic of the sixties and seventies and the other in the modern electric rock sound of 2012. The Norweigen act released their self titled album in 2010 to critical acclaim and were subsequently honoured through inclusion in Classic Rock Magazine's top 50 albums-of-the-year list and featured on their cover mount CD - "The Best Of 2010".

Spirits of The Dead’s debut was a well-executed and well-crafted debut from a band with one eye set on the past and the other fixed firmly forward. The record received great reviews all over the world, giving them a growing attention as definitely a band to watch – they were subsequently able to tour across Europe for the first time earlier this year, including their first UK date at London’s Garage.

The band's second album, The Great God Pan, is a much more experimental record; it's a more conceptual album than the debut, yet still retains the great diversity of songs that is SOTD's brand. From the slow build of Mighty Mountain, to the anthemic and overdriven fuzz of Pure As The Lotus, The Wickerman-esque freak folk of the title track or the genuinely unsettling Casting The Runes, this bizarre and wonderful record shows nothing but respect for its influences whilst pushing the boundaries of the band’s previous work.

As with the first album it was recorded in Grand Sport Studios by Christian Engfeldt and mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound NY.

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