||Folk, Industrial, Gothic will all come to
mind when you listen to Spellgate’s debut album “Exodus.”
It’s kind of weird when folk and industrial metal are mixed
together; it gave me a confused feeling. And this confusing sound
doesn’t hold together entirely well. Wow, I really don’t
know what to think. There is a certain cheesiness that ruins this
CD. If this album could get produced by better means, then this could
be respectable. On the better side of this disc there are amazing
female vocals, by far the best element of the band, almost to the
caliper of Liv Kristine. “Exodus” is very atmospheric,
and the band knows how to create a feeling as such. There are respectable
folky and industrial parts as well, but I don’t think they work
together. The way its sandwiched together doesn’t work for me.
Also, I wish you could hear the guitar more. The levels are to low
and under-produced. Not to mention they are drowned out in parts.
Overall, there really isn’t a track that struck me…only
parts were good. The most redeemable track is “Najaeti Star.”
“Exodus” is an interesting start for this band. It seems
unorganized and confusing, but they have a fresh idea. They need to
mold this into something more tame and structured.