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Spirit Web - Far Beyond The Visual Mind (5/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Power Metal
Label: Mausoleum Records
Playing time: 56:50
Band homepage: Spirit Web

Tracklist:

  1. Slave
  2. The Game
  3. Fame And Glory
  4. Troubled Tymes
  5. Far Beyond The Visual Mind
  6. Miss Behaven
  7. Skies R Grey
  8. Hellbound Train
  9. Where 2 Begin
  10. From A Prince To A Pauper (Bonus Track)
Spirit Web - Far Beyond The Visual Mind
The debut of SPIRIT WEB had been one of the best self productions ever. Back then the album truly deservedly received the full rating. The hectic style, which reminds me a bit of HELSTAR, had been full of great guitars and the brilliant vocals of Scott Hufmann. He left by now and now is with TWELFTH GATE. For him we now have Randy Barron, who made his laurels in the Eighties with TYRANT'S REIGN. After that he sang for WINTERKILL, where I only liked him on their debut "A Feast For A Beggar" - but even then he was worse than TYRANT'S REIGN!

On the second SPIRIT WEB album his vocal performance is somewhere between eh and yuck. Then the production is the same. The biggest down part though is the radical change of style! Had their debut been cool US-Metal with Prog tendencies, so the a lot more modern and straight direction of the material is the first step into their own grave! Apart from one or two songs the album is absolutely disappointing. These would be the semi-balladesque title track, which is great and the good "Fame And Glory", that's it!

That is too little for me to issue a recommendation! The SPIRIT WEB fans will view it the same way, because with the original style this album has got absolutely nothing to do! After the new OMEN the next big disappointment from Mausoleum!!! (Online November 27, 2003)

Ralf Henn



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