The American frontier: Where lost highways stretch into darkness and undisturbed deserts speak a language as ominous as it is otherworldly. This is the tableau of SpiritWorld.
Self-described as DEATH WESTERN, SpiritWorld is also the aural vision quest of Stu Folsom, a Las Vegas native who has taken the intensity of that blasted desert heat and given it voice on the band’s debut, “Pagan Rhythms” for their new label home, Century Media.
To celebrate the new partnership, SpiritWorld release a brand-new video for the song “Comancheria”, which perfectly underlines the artistic statement of Stu Folsom’s music.
It was that purity of Folsom’s vision that immediately won SpiritWorld international acclaim on the limited 2020 self-release of “Pagan Rhythms” via Safe Inside Records.
Daniel Carter, influential BBC 1 DJ and curator of The Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter gave the record almost immediate attention.
Metal Sucks premiered the record with an immediate rave:
“SpiritWorld makes the kind of metallic hardcore that sounds like it might actually summon Satan from the lowest depths of Hell.”
Even the likes of Exodus/Slayer guitarist Gary Holt and Former Sepultura/current Soulfly leader Max Cavalera raved about the album on social media.
Not surprisingly, SpiritWorld, was quick to gain the attention of Century Media who saw Stu’s vision and inked the band.
Says Century Media Vice President of A&R, Mike Gitter:
“SpiritWorld is sonic worldbuilding in the boldest way. It’s a vision of the American West as somewhere south of heaven that’s equal parts Slayer, Louis Lamour and Sam Peckinpah – full of dust, dirt and blood.”
Conceived entirely by Folsom and produced by Sam Pura (The Story So Far, Self Defense Family), songs like “Comancheria” or the blast-beat propelled “Unholy Passages”, courtesy of drummer Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta/Trash Talk) who plays on half the album with ex-Apiary skins-man Adam Elliot playing on the other.
SpiritWorld will begin their long ride this Fall, playing one of their inaugural performances for “Pagan Rhythms” at Decibel Magazine’s Metal & Beer Fest, being held in Los Angeles, December 10-11.
“It’s about trying to write killer songs and craft a classic record,” says Stu, whose love for the likes of George Jones or the legendary L.A. punk band X runs as deep as his metallic roots. “With ‘Pagan Rhythms’, I set out to distill my love of thrash, old school death metal, and hardcore into something new that would hit like a tomahawk right in the face. When I first started telling people about this idea, I had to merge Western imagery, horror fiction and heavy metal into an all-out sonic assault, it seemed ridiculous, but I truly believe that if you make great records people are a lot more willing to embrace your weirdness and come along for the ride.”
The debut album “Pagan Rhythms” will be re-released on November 5th via Century Media Records and is now available (physical) for the first time outside of North America.
The album is up for streaming on your platform of choice and available in various formats for PRE-ORDER