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Rectified Spirit
Rectified Spirit
February 2013
Released: 2012, Unsigned
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Erich

The band Rectified Spirit is the first of two albums I will be reviewing this month featuring metal from the Indian subcontinent. The other album I will review is Workshop’s MADE TO LOVE THE DRAGON. Comparing the two, Rectified Spirit is the more traditional, formed in 2005. The band has spent the last few years writing their debut self-titled album and solidifying a lineup. Released at the end of 2012 on Demonstealer Records, RECTIFIED SPIRIT is gradually being made available to people around the world.

Rectified Spirit is an album that combines large doses of modern metal with some of the common influences like Iron Maiden and Sabbath, with some of the mechanistic riffing of Meshuggah. Singer Rainjong Lepcha employs considerable variety, able to hit high notes in one measure while hitting a deep growl in the next. Musically the band is technical and in places even progressive, Dutta and Alam complementing each other with complex riffs and harmonized fills. “Bloodrush” showcases the precise complexity of the riffs, articulation within the speed, and features the diverse styles of Lepcha’s vocals. For my money, the stand out track is “The Magician’s Birthday”, which marries elements of NWOBHM to 80s power metal and features a ripping solo. Lest I forget, drummer Nishant Hagjer needs to be recognized for his ability to help propel and energize many of these songs, while holding back and reigning himself in when required. The album sounds great as well, benefiting from a clear and balanced production.

With all the positives of this album there are some flaws as well. Stylistically there is no unifying sound, the band really all over the place combining power metal, progressive, thrash, and more than a little of the dreaded metalcore. This ambition is commendable, but the lack of focus leads to the band not yet having a distinguished sound. The metalcore vocals are really not necessary and often feel out of place, as if the band is covering and checking off another style on their list. Given that metalcore is in decline worldwide and peaked awhile back, the band might want to “rectify” that part of their sound. Fortunately, there is more than enough other great music on here to offset the flaws, and while there is doubtless room for growth and improvement, RECTIFIED SPIRIT is an album that hints to great potential from the band down the road.
Track Listing

1. To Hold A Sabre

2. Bloodrush

3. Paradigm Lost

4. The Magician’s Birthday

5. Rectified Spirit

6. There Is No Tomorrow

7. Where The Ashes Fell

8. Vengeance

9. Until We Expire

10. Mother


Rainjong Lepcha – Vocals
Samudragupta Dutta - Guitars
Imtiyaz Alam – Guitars
Himangshu Borah - Bass
Nishant Hagjer - Drums

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