Wednesday, March 12, 2014

High Spirits-High Spirits 7"

Hells Headbangers

Active since 2009, with Chris Black (Aktor, Dawnbringer, Pharaoh, Superchrist, ex-Nachtmystium) sitting in the drivers seat from day one, Chicago's High Spirits are another another band whose sound is derived from the N.W.O.B.H.M. movement AND heavy metal's heyday. With two demos, two singles ("High Spirits" being the second one), one EP, a compilation album and one full-length album already in their back-catalog (and a new full-length album due to drop towards the end of April!) this rock/hard rock/heavy metal act doesn't show any signs of slowing down anytime soon! For that we should all be thankful! Or at least if you find yourself neck deep in love with old-fashioned heavy metal that just keeps on keeping on and rocking the very foundations of all things "loud & proud"! With this new 7" you get a different version of the title track then the one that appeared on the band's 2009 "Demo # 2" (said demo along with their first demo can be found on the group's 2009 compilation release) with the B-side track being a "newly-recorded song from the band's formative nights". First things first let's take a look at the band's namesake song. "High Spirits", which will also appear on the band's upcoming new album, "You Are Here", is a more along the lines of a heavy rocker, almost seventies-like in it's approach and, as weird and messed up as this sounds, it almost sounds to me like Chris Black is channeling (early, new wave/punk rock days) Sting while the backing-band tears through a monster of a garage number! Meanwhile we have the B-side "Night After Night" which could be a long-lost N.W.O.B.H.M. cut. Again, here the band's heavy metal-leanings take a back-seat to heavy rock although there's no way to disguise what this Chicago-based collective is all about. Even if these two numbers are more or less "high-energy rockers" Chris Black and company proudly wave their alligience to classic hard rock and heavy metal making High Spirits the perfect company for those of us old enough to remember the glory days or even the younger kids out there longing for something real with integrity! Hopeing "You Are Here" will come packed with this much passion, energy and enthusiasm! You can find out more about this 7" inch and the band's previous releases right here:

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