“true, pure heavy metal” – Consequence
Spirit Adrift will release their career-defining LP Ghost At The Gallows on August 18th. Today, the album‘s fiery third single “Barn Burner” premieres with a companion music video.
Inspired by Michael Flanagan’s Midnight Mass, the “Barn Burner” video illustrates the song‘s themes— anger, identity politics, and blind persecution— coupled with an explosive live performance from Spirit Adrift. Though intense and bombastic, the underlying message is “a plea for unity, empathy, and love,” says bandleader Nate Garrett.
Watch / share the “Barn Burner” music video on YouTube: below.
With Ghost At The Gallows, incoming August 18, 2023 from Century Media (pre-order here https://spiritadrift.lnk.to/GhostAtTheGallows), Garrett has delivered Spirit Adrift‘s most fully realized work to date; a record that confidently stands at the crossroads of heavy metal at its most epic and elemental and hard rock at its most honest and heartfelt.
The road lead to the album was nothing short of massive undertaking. Garrett has been weaving the sonic tapestry of Spirit Adrift since 2015, marking his own personal growth from doom metal and his much-documented sobriety to today‘s sonic triumph with Ghost At The Gallows. The album intricately pulls together every element of Garrett‘s riff-mongering musical mastery to arrive at a conclusion and start a new chapter for Spirit Adrift.
From the start, it didn‘t take long for Spirit Adrift to strike a very loud, resounding chord with worshippers of the riff. By the time they released 2017‘s Curse of Conception and 2019‘s Divided by Darkness (both on 20 Buck Spin) what began as Garrett‘s solo project had taken on a life of its own, placing high on year-end polls and filling clubs as Nate and an ad-hoc amalgamation of friends and bandmates brought his songs to volume-dealing life.
The influence of “Hendrix, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer and also growing up in the South, really loving old sincere country music, bluegrass and stuff like that” is the sonic soul of Spirit Adrift according to Nate.
2020 saw the release of Spirit Adrift‘s Century Media debut, Enlightened In Eternity (a split release with 20-Buck Spin in North America); Garrett set to work forging a more permanent line-up for the spirited, energized release. Spirit Adrift began to hit the road as a band with a solidified and freshly empowered line-up – bassist Sonny DeCarlo, drummer Mike Arellano and ex-Carcass guitarist Tom Draper.
With Sanford Parker at Chicago‘s Electrical Audio and Jeff Henson at Texas‘s Red Nova Ranch engineering and co-producing alongside Garrett, and legendary Zeuss (Queensryche, Hatebreed) handling mixing and mastering duties, Ghost At The Gallows takes chances few of Spirit Adrift‘s riff-obsessed brethren could possibly approach.
Give Her To The River
Barn Burner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMPPMhRHtag
Hanged Man’s Revenge
These Two Hands
Death Won’t Stop Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vrFXyAiwMM
I Shall Return https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XS_wkkoieA
Siren Of The South
Ghost At The Gallows
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