When you stop pissing yourself laughing at the horribly cheesy western themed artwork and album title then you may actually notice that this is the latest album from cult Death Metal band MASTER. I remember hearing "On The Seventh Day God Created..." a few years back and enjoying it thoroughly, but this album for me just sounds a little too over the hill so if you are a fan of the band this may either be a painful listen or same old same old without anything new to add.
"The Spirit Of The West" is straight forward old school Death Metal based upon a solid foundation of MOTORHEAD or VENOM styled rhythms and with a similar styled attitude in their delivery. For many this may be a great thing, but for me it just sounds a little stale and no where near the standard needed to compete with the bands who make it big in the Death Metal genre today. "The Spirit Of The West" vs "Black Seeds Of Vengeance"? No bloody contest!
The riffs and overall execution of the music is enjoyable, and the lead guitars are simply excellent, yet nothing they can do can stop this from sounding old (in a bad way) and leaving this reviewer looking for something different and more evolved. If your a fan don't be put off, but if you're a new convert then go for their back catalogue. (Online May 3, 2004)