Two species face extinction, one in the unfathomable depths of space, the other comfortable on its own world. A man and his daughter speed through space trying to outrun a missile, the deciding factor, which has more gas? A soldier is sent to a desolate prison planet to battle a beast with a very unique hunting style, it hunts through the multi-verse, killing not just on the planet, but on every possibility of the planet. Step inside… We’ve been waiting
released 30 May 2014
Aaron Frale – Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Chris Boat – Vocals, Bass, Keyboard, Rhythm Guitar
Chris Walker – Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Bill Hatfield – Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Felecia Karas – Violin on “Photographs”
Senda Shallow – Backing and Lead Vocals on “One Way Trip to Solasoma”
All songs written by Spiral. Cover art by taken from Pierre-Henri de Valenciennes’ brilliant painting “Pompeii”. This album was recorded between November 2011 and February 2014 at Spiral Studio. ©2014 all rights reserved.
This album has been years in the making. The first Sessions for the album started in late 2011 and the final touches were applied three years later in February of 2014. The album went through numerous working titles and in the end the recording sessions spawned 4 complete albums. Spiral has been flirting with the idea of a double album since our inception and this was going to be the one. We originally intended the first disc to be all 12 Bellicus songs (12!) and the second to be “Black Hole”, a 40 minute soundtrack to an independent sci-fi film, but once we started working on the 12 Bellicus songs they began to expand (as Spiral songs often do) and we realized that we would need both discs for the 12 songs. “Black Hole” would have to wait for a later release. So we began working on the songs in earnest.
One of the 12 songs we were working on was an old Snail tune called “Artifacts of a Different Possibility”. We had already released an old version of parts of the song on “Live on Matijevic Hill”, but the quieter parts seemed to fit well with Bellicus’ sound. We were also working on a heavy and repetitive song tentatively called “A Bigger Boat” and before we knew it, it had expanded into a thirty minute epic dirge. We decided to rename “A Bigger Boat”, couple it with “Artifacts” and release it by itself. This became our last release, “A Parasite's Guide to Rewriting History”.
Once we had gotten those two songs out of our system we began working on the ten songs we had left. Our intention was still to make a double album. So, as we worked we began to come up with an order for the tracks on the CD’s. Disc 1 had an incredible Sci-fi feel, while disc 2 felt a lot more psychedelic. As we listened we both began to realize that these were two different albums, so we dropped disc 2 entirely and worked in earnest on disc 1. Eventually we dropped the first track, which was a ten minute long tune we called “Zombie Song”, which eventually became the B-side to the “Photographs” single. We replaced this song with a space rock style intro taken from the belly of the song “Our Final Days on Bellicus Prime”.
This is the first Spiral album that is not a concept record. Each of these songs is a self-contained unit. It was invigorating to work this way because each song had to live up to its full potential in order to be included. None of these songs were left on just to advance the story. The sessions ended wonderfully, with the fortuitous meeting of Bill Hatfield who rounded out the solos on this album beautifully. With his addition to our ranks Spiral now becomes four, the biggest we’ve ever been! So here you have it, five songs that we are intensely proud of. Five songs that we hope will take you on a journey. Inside yourself… and outside as well.
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