Prepare to waltz into the most spell-bounding cathedral with Swedish quintet Spiral Skies’ new album Blues for a Dying Planet, released May 18 via AOP Records. Often described as “otherwordly,” Spiral Skies sets the stage for their debut with an ethereal, instrumental opening track, aptly titled “Black Hole Waltz.” The organs dance and there’s a faint wind that softly tunnels through the backdrop. But they waste no time leaping from a promenade to the fast-paced, nearly gritty, sounds of “Awakening,” gracefully showcasing vocalist Frida Eurenius’ haunting, echoing melodies.
Blues for a Dying Planet sneaks in a few old tracks from their 2015 EP A Queendom to Come, like “The Wizard’s Ball,” “Labyrinth of Mind,” and “Left is Right and Right is Left Behind,” all elegant displays of Eurenius’ alluring tremolo and the band’s pronounced admiration of 70’s heavy metal. But a single genre does not encapsulate Spiral Skies; they glide through doom metal, 70’s-inspired rock, and folk, just to name a few. The band has succeeded at creating a supernatural sound all their own.
THE GIST The new album Blues for a Dying Planet not only lives up to its titled aesthetic, but also delivers an assorted taste of the band’s style in each track. Some songs are delicate music boxes while others parade by with driving rhythms and dreamy vocals. Spiral Skies creates a moody but enchanting overtone from beginning to end, an orchestra unconstrained by genre boundaries with a noteworthy vocalist.