SPILLAGE – Phase Four - Reviewed By Metal Express Radio ! Check it out here at this link: https://www.metalexpressradio.com/2023/09/04/spillage-phase-four/
Spillage is a Heavy Rock / Metal band, and this record features a twin-guitar attack, and heavy keyboard inlays experimenting with multiple instrumental sounds and vocal harmonies cemented by lyrical content touching on relevant current world issues.
In the ever-evolving landscape of Metal music, where bands strive to distinguish themselves through sheer intensity and musical ingenuity, Spillage emerges as a band that appears to have serious staying power. With their latest release, Phase Four, the band boldly solidifies their place in the realm of Metal music.
From the first few moments of the intro, it’s evident that Spillage is here to make a statement. The crushing riffs, thunderous drumming, and commanding vocals create an atmosphere that’s equal parts exhilarating and ominous. The album’s production value is top-notch, allowing each instrument to shine while maintaining a raw and gritty edge that’s essential to the Metal genre.
Blend of subgenres
One of the standout features of Spillage is their ability to seamlessly blend subgenres, resulting in a sound that’s both familiar and refreshingly unique. Tracks like “Love and Alchemy” showcase their penchant for combining classic Heavy Metal elements with a sludgy sound similar to Biohazard, while “Rise of Machines” delves into a more melancholic and introspective territory, featuring haunting melodies that linger in the mind long after the song ends.
Vocalist Elvin Rodriguez’s performance is nothing short of captivating. His versatile voice ranges from ethereal and haunting to a full-throated roar, adding layers of emotional depth to the lyrics. Whether delivering bone-chilling narratives or belting out anthemic choruses, Elvin’s presence elevates the band’s sonic impact.
Guitarists Tony Spillman and Nick Bozidarevic prove to be a formidable duo, intertwining their intricate solos and chugging riffs to create a sonic tapestry that’s both intricate and headbang-worthy. The rhythm section, consisting of bassist Billy McGuffey and drummer Chris Martins, lays down a foundation that’s unshakeable, driving the songs forward with unrelenting power and precision.
Lyrically, Spillage delves into themes that resonate with the listener on a personal level. From tales of inner turmoil to society’s darker aspects, the lyrics invite contemplation while embracing the cathartic release that Metal music often provides. This depth is particularly evident in tracks like “Nail Biter” and “Nothing To See,” where the lyrical content intertwines seamlessly with the sonic landscape.
Phase Four isn’t your run of the mill album, it’s an album that a ton of emotion and range. The band’s ability to create songs that are both immersive and unforgettable showcases their dedication to their music.
In conclusion, Spillage’s fourth album is a testament to the band’s prowess as Metal artisans. With a sound that’s heavy yet nuanced, ferocious yet melodic, Spillage captivates listeners and takes them on an intense ride from start to finish. As they continue to push the boundaries of their genre, it’s clear that Spillage is a name that will continue to resonate throughout the metal scene and beyond. This album is a must-listen for any fan of Heavy Metal, and it cements Spillage’s place as a band to watch in the Metal world. Metal Express Radio
Release Date: September 8, 2023
FFO: Uriah Heep, Trouble, Deep Purple
Co- Produced By: Bruce Franklin - (Trouble)
Location: Chicago, USA
In 2013, SPILLAGE was born from a vision of guitarist Tony Spillman. Initially conceived as a musical "project", SPILLAGE developed into a solid riff-rock band, with its roots firmly planted in hard-rock, blues, jazz and other musical influences inherent in its members. SPILLAGE band members have known each other for the most part, since childhood playing in various bands in the Chicago suburbs for nearly 40 years. Tony Spillman had been touring with Earthen Grave for 5 years when Earthen Grave disbanded in 2013. Tony decided to fully focus on bringing his vision to life, creating SPILLAGE with drummer Chris Martins in April 2013. Drawing from songs written by Tony in his younger days, SPILLAGE released their debut album "Spillage" featuring Lothar Keller ( The Skull, Sacred Dawn ) on vocals, Nick Bozidarevic on guitar, Willie Max ( Mudfish ) on bass and featured guest musician Bruce Franklin (Trouble) on guitar and backing vocals on several tracks on the 2015 release. Paul Rau played keyboards on the album but did not tour with the band at that time.
Lothar and Willie left SPILLAGE in 2015 to pursue other musical projects, and Billy McGuffey who was friends with several band members, joined on bass. SPILLAGE was scheduled to play the Maryland Doomfest in 2016, and through connected circles, Tony offered Elvin Rodriguez (a singer from the Philadelphia area) an opportunity to learn their songs and audition for the band. Elvin basically had his audition during the Doomfest, quickly learning their songs prior to taking the stage, and effortlessly performed to a thrilled audience! Needless to say, Elvin became the new singer for SPILLAGE and the band lineup remains unchanged. In January 2019, SPILLAGE released their 2nd album, "Blood of Angels", which was well-received worldwide.
As the world faced the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, SPILLAGE continued to forge ahead writing epic new songs for their 3rd album "Electric Exorcist" which showcased a more mature, developed, and collaborative songwriting process while continuing to develop their evolving SPILLAGE style. Despite their plans to tour in Europe being cancelled due to travel restrictions during the pandemic, SPILLAGE successfully released Electric Exorcist in late October 2021 and they hit the ground running, bringing their fun and energetic performances to fans locally at the end of 2021 and made appearances in several US festivals and shows during the summer of 2022. SPILLAGE recorded their performance during RIFF FEST in July 2022, and their new SPILLAGE Live! Digipak became available March 31, 2023 to appease fans until their 4th album is scheduled to be released on September 8, 2023 (CD/Digital formats, Vinyl in Nov 2023) in celebration of ten years of SPILLAGE!
SPILLAGE has weathered decades of changes in the music industry. Diligent, professional, and committed to bringing their unique style of music to their fans, SPILLAGE is a force to be reckoned with, earning accolades and increasing their fanbase worldwide! Blending complex keyboard melodies with tight dual-guitar harmonics, progressive bass lines complimenting heavy hitting drums that set a solid foundation for a distinctive vocal style has secured SPILLAGE in the realm of original, one-of-a-kind music category that defies explanation. The creative and respected bond that the members of SPILLAGE share, catapults them into a level of musical fellowship envied by most, but maintained by few. SPILLAGE fans know, you just can’t stop listening to their music, their catchy riffs and meaningful lyrics will stand the test of time as music that offers something for everyone!
The new album ' Phase Four ' was co produced by Bruce Franklin from the band Trouble and also features Bruce on backing vocals for the track ' Nothing To See '!
Check out the new video for the song 'Nail Biter' from 'Phase Four'!
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