SPANCER: Countdown to Victory CD. Rare Ltd to 500. DOOM sludge METAL. Check audio
SPANCER: COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY CD. LIMITED TO 500. DOOM METAL, PSYCHE SLUDGE KHANATE, EYEHATEGOD, NEUROSIS. CHECK AUDIO
self-released July 2001
1. Receive My Firestorm 11:03
2. Master File God 07:39
3. Asunder 08:23
4. The Beat Goes On 09:29
Total playing time 36:34
Lyrical theme(s): Spirituality, Metaphysics, Chivalry, Apocalypse
Label: Not On Label (Spancer Self-released) – none
Format: CD, Album, Limited Edition
Genre: Doom Metal
Recorded At – Löwenhertz Studios
Mastered At – NHB Studios, Hamburg
Bass – Ingo*, Lars*
Drums – Jan*
Guitar – York*
Vocals – Markus*
Self-released, limited to 500 copies.
Matrix / Runout: SPICE RECORDS 0150P 01395AA0
Formed in: Germany (Braunschweig, Lower Saxony) 1999
Spancer, a “goddamned bloody doom-band,” hails from Germany and they are surprisingly competent. Slow, heavy as all hell riffage, angry, hateful vocals, and hard hitting percussion are all key aspects of this demo. The sounds is somewhat similar to Khanate, and these guys would fit right in at Southern Lord.
Countdown to Victory has four songs, and the shortest clocks in at 7:41– that means there are close to 36:34 minutes of angry, heavy doom metal on this demo and that is okey-dokey for this reviewer. From the opening, Spancer starts off with some heavy, earth-shattering doom with “Receive My Firestarter.” The song lasts for eleven minutes and doesn’t quit. The riffs weigh more than a fucking meteor and it is just awesome to behold.
Bottom line: Like Doom? Check out Spancer. They don’t have a web site, but just take my word for it, these guys are the real deal. Heavy, hateful, doomy, awesome by: Xander Hoose (5 out of 5)
Before I received this album I had never heard from German-based sludge-doom band Spancer before, but after giving the album a listen I have to admit I should feel guilty about it. Being a great sludgecore fan myself, devouring everything in the Eyehategod/Neurosis/5ive league, Spancers _Countdown to Victory_ left a -very- strong impression on me. While not as dirty as Eyehategod because they’re lacking the feedbacks and taking on a higher pace, Spancer might be seen as their doomy little brother. Especially thanks to the vile vocals and pounding drums, a sinister and depressing atmosphere is set. Paradoxically, the strange and at times almost stoner-rockish guitar work enhances this atmosphere by adding an extra textured layer to the music. Even though this album contains only four songs, it will provide an excellent introduction to this band as well as keep you hungry for more. Hopefully, Spancer will be picked up by a record label soon so we can see them on tour in Europe.