Kabbalah’s first full-length album Spectral Ascent gets a new release from Ripple Music.
Kabbalah is a doom rock trio from Pamplona, Spain. They released a triplet of EPs in rapid succession beginning in 2013 that established them as a significant force in heavy music. Spectral Ascent was their first long-player, originally released in 2017 by Twin Earth Records. Ripple Music released Kabbalah’s second album, The Omen, through their Rebel Waves Records imprint in 2021. Now Spectral Ascent will be available to the wider audience that has been clamoring for it, especially the physical versions. According to the Metal Archives, Kabbalah is Marga Malaria (bass, vocals), Carmen Espejo (drums, vocals), and Alba Díez de Ure (guitar, vocals).
The music is a combination of doom and classic rock, ritual music and occult psychedelics. “Resurrected” sounds like a rock song from the 1960s that has been updated with current sensibilities. It has a smooth rock side and a trippy side that come together to create a greater whole. “Phantasmal Planetoid” is a beautiful steady doom piece that brings out the darkness through tone more than volume. “The Darkest End” exploits moments of pop rock ideation and cool choruses to engage the listener while at the same time introducing more subtle spells.
My favorite track on the album is probably “The Darkness of Time” because of its extra active posture. “The Shadow” sticks in my memory as well because it seems misty to me, like something you can see well enough but still, somehow is behind a barely-visible veil that masks something nonphysical. This song truly has sway over me. This set deserves to be heard by a wide audience because it is sure to be embraced whole-heartedly by a broad swath of heavy music fans. We should be grateful for the re-issue. Highly recommended.
Spectral Ascent is out now digitally through Ripple Music. CD and vinyl versions will ship around June 23rd and can be preordered now – a good idea if you want to get one before they sell out.
Ripple Music, https://www.ripple-music.com/
FFMB review of The Omen, https://flyingfiddlesticks.com/2021/01/17/kabbalah-the-omen-rebel-waves-records-2021/
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