Album Premiere and Interview: Experience Spintria's Blazing Avant-Garde Metal
'Tis spring, the flowers are blooming, the trees unsheathing their fresh foliage, the world is burning, and avant-garde droning, jazzy metal is here to take your soul. We had the honor (just to be clear, this is just me, right? I have no idea why I keep writing "we" like it's a whole bunch of people) of premiering the debut album from American wizards/sorcerers Spintria. That album was a blazing assault of unhinged guitar, wild drumming, and a very unique, some would say bent sense of harmony and style. It was great. So, with the new album – two immense, building, spellbinding tracks – you can expect more of that, and more.
Taking their otherworldly jazzy taken on blast beats, the Tennessee trio is pushing the envelope further while making their abstract compositions, ah, more focused (?). If you enjoy free jazz and improvisation as much as you like your droning, Neptunian Maximilian-like menace then get on this wild ride and leave your ego behind. You can go now to the wonderful Moonlight Cypress Archetypes and pre order the new album, Bacchanalia, now. And while you're experiencing jazz-induced ego death, you might as well read the short The War Inside My Head with Spntria's guitarist. Check it out, and keep safe.
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What was the first album you bought with your own money, and where did you buy it?
I don't think I can remember that far back, probably Guns 'N' Roses or something like that at the local music store. Actually, come to think of it I think it was a Billy Idol single, that must've been in the first grade. I had a little black and green cassette Walkman that I took pretty much everywhere and used to tune out everyone.
What 2-3 albums did you hear the most growing up?
Before playing guitar (I started at age 13) I don't even remember, probably Pantera. But my father is a huge jazz fan, so the jazz greats were always being played in the house, though I'm not sure what albums. People like Count Basie, Stan Getz, Jimmy Smith, etc. A lot of Allman Brothers and Marshall Tucker as well.
What two albums taught you the most about making music (mixing, production, performance)?
I haven't been huge on listening to albums for productions' sake. I tend to pretty innately focus on the playing / writing / atmosphere / overall performance, etc. I guess John Coltrane would have to rank near the top in terms of really "going for it," especially live. David Murray has been an inspiration lately as well.
What is the last album that absolutely shocked you?
For George Lewis by Tyshawn Sorey, along with Sparrow Nights by Peter Brotzmann & Heather Leigh, Whatthefuckdoyouwant by Peter Brotzmann and Sonny Sharrock, and Arc of the Testimony by Arcana (Tony Williams, Pharaoh Sanders, Bill Laswell, & Buckethead.)
What album relaxes you or centers you the most?
Debussy is very centering for me, as well as Messiaen and Takemitsu, who were influenced by him. Also Monoliths and Dimensions by Sunn O))) has been on regular rotation for awhile as well as a lot of their other work, same with Earth's Hex, for that sort of centering vibe. Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening Band is another in that vein that helps center me, especially after any intense period of immersion in black metal, or free jazz, or both, etc.
What are the 2-3 albums you’ve listened to the most recently?
Basically other Moonlight Cypress Archetypes albums that are coming out this year or next (there's a lot coming…)
What album is grossly underrated?
Rotational Templates by Travis Reuter, an amazing jazz guitarist. Also, there's an album called Blues for Coltrane: A Tribute to John Coltrane that was very influential for me that features McCoy Tyner, Pharaoh Sanders, David Murray, Roy Haynes and Cecil McBee that a high school history teacher gave me on cassette back when and I still listen to regularly because it's so intense and is weirdly unknown. Also, Through the Wrought Iron Jaws of Heaven by Ecclesiarch, an amazing drone metal album.
What album would you recommend from your local scene?
Unhesitatingly, anything Skin Tension does. Other amazing artists in the area include In Place, Matt Nelson, Evan Lipson, Caleb Breux and Tyler Blake. I'm a big fan of Snow Wolf Records as well, especially Bihargam and Starer.