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Darkseed vocalist Stefan Hertrich's solo project is a stab at joining bruising electronic metal a la Strapping Young Lad with ambient female vocals, world beat rhythms and instrumentation and woodwinds from across the nations. Calling it Spiritual, this eight-track affair supplies a fascinating display of atmosphere on cuts "Khundra" and "This Battle is Yours". And while the harder-edged pieces of this puzzle seem a bit forced at first, when songs like the epic title cut are fully revealed, a rich tapestry of cinematic metal is achieved. Hitting up the Goth and darkwave side of things, imagine Enya jamming with Soulfly for a bit of reference as to what Spiritual is aiming for on the ambitiously ethereal PULSE.
- Mike SOS