Zombi Spirit Animal
- Words: Josiah Hughes
- Label: Relapse
- XLR8R Rating: 8/10
Despite its home on metal powerhouse Relapse, Pittsburgh duo Zombi is all vintage synths and prog theatrics. The group’s sixth release, Spirit Animal, is perhaps its most sprawling, building sci-fi epics from deep synth tones and sprawling arrangements. The title track opens on a strong note with a slow build, which nicely segues into the rhythmic pulse of “Spirit Warrior.” “Earthly Powers” follows suit with some laser-like riffs and arena-rock drumming, while “Cosmic Powers” is menacing like a tricky NES level. Zombi wraps up the album on a grand scale with the heavy 17-minute epic “Through Time,” perfectly capping a killer batch of heady, spacious synth jams suitable for stoners and wizards alike.
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