Saturday, 2 June 2018

Drive By Wire - Spellbound (Album Review)


Release date: February 23rd 2018. Label: Argonauta Records/Minstrel Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Spellbound – Tracklisting

1.Glider 03:26
2.Where Have You Been 04:27
3.Mammoth 03:58
4.Apollo 05:11
5.Blood Red Moon 04:43
6.Superoverdrive 03:44
7.Van Plan 04:00
8.Lost Tribes 04:20
9.Devil’s Fool 03:15
10.Lifted Spirit 04:04
11.Spellbound 04:16

Members

Simone Holsbeek
Alwin Wubben
Jerome Miedendorp de Bie
Marcel Zerb

Review

Spellbound is the new album from famed Dutch Psych Desert/Stoner Rockers – Drive By Wire. The album is full of the usual heavy Desert/Stoner Rock vibes and it’s a highly entertaining album from start to finish. It’s never going to win any awards for originality but what does in the realm of Desert/Stoner Rock. Drive By Wire’s strongest asset is lead vocalist Simone. As she fully rules this album with her highly charismatic, passionate and soulful vocals.

Though Drive By Wire is very much a team effort with Alwin, Jerome and Marcel creating heavy sounds for Simone to match her eerie and powerful vocals to. Songs such as Glider, Where Have You Been and Superoverdrive some of the best songs heard on the first half of the album. As Drive By Wire create some of their heaviest riffs of their career to date. The music drifts from Desert Rock to heavier style of Stoner Metal and it’s good to see Drive By Wire progress from their earlier albums.

The second half of the album is where Spellbound impresses the most as the album fully kicks into life with superb lyrics that have a classic Desert/Stoner Rock feel. If you’re not moved by the heavy grooves of Van Plan, Lost Tribes, Lifted Spirit and Spellbound then there is no hope for you.

The production is impressive. Though there are a few moments where I wanted more VOLUME to make Drive By Wire’s music truly standout. As it feels slightly muted. Other than that minor complaint Drive By Wire have delivered another standout album to add to their already impressive back catalogue. The band have just celebrated their 12th anniversary as a band. With albums such as Spellbound you can see Drive By Wire being around for a whole lot longer.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

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