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Zombi Spirit Animal

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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