The underground metal scene in Chicago has been one of the hottest there is in the US for sometime now and in particular, doom has really found a home in the Windy City. Spillage have been around in one form or another for more than a decade and now they have given us at long last their debut album and man have they been holding back on us. Featuring the divine vocalizations of Lothar Keller, who also handles the guitar duties in a band called The Skull which features one of the all time great doom vocalists in Eric Wagner (talk about a great mentor), as well as some other excellent musicians in their own right such as band founder Tony Spillman, formerly of another Trouble offshoot in Earthen Grave, and you have a pretty potent doomy attack. Now Spillage isn’t a completely traditional doom band as they are a bit charged up with a more traditional metal mainframe to go with the doomier elements, completely a rather hefty package of thought-provoking lyrics on a meaty and riffy base. The overall feel of the CD is a very meat and potatoes old school metal CD with enough production to make it crisp enough to compete, yet not overly done to feel fake and computerized. Though it’s not a perfect album, it is very solid and definitely needs to be in the collection of anyone who digs a riffy, doomy piece of metal! Horns way up on this one!
Choice Tracks – The Darkness, Living In Fear, In Hell, Devil Woman, We Are