The news that every Spiritbox fan has been waiting for is here: the band’s debut album is called ‘Eternal Blue’ and releases September 17th. This album announcement also comes packaged with the release of the powerful and personable new single, ‘Secret Garden.’
Spiritbox’s debut album, ‘Eternal Blue,’ has finally been revealed by the Canadian band overnight, and will feature previous three singles: the brutal metalcore-industrialism of ‘Holy Roller,’ the intricate and touching mourning of ‘Constance‘, and the painfully underwhelming, Architects-esque ‘Circle With Me.’
In a recent presser for this album news and single release, singer Courtney LaPlante shared her thoughts on the writing and tracking experience of piecing together ‘Eternal Blue‘ over the last two years, sharing that:
“We are very anxious to release our album, it is a body of work we have been accumulating for over two years. Having the recording process put on hold for so long due to the pandemic has made me see that I can never take the experience of tracking an album for granted ever again. I must say that although we never intended to wait so long to do this record, I think it did help the songs become stronger. I am so happy with every single song, I wish I could release each one as a single with a music video. They all reflect different moments and influences in our lives. We have had enough time to release the exact music we would like to put out into the world, with no need to compromise. Every single note and every single syllable is the music that we have always dreamed of making and we are very proud of it.”
Joining those last three singles is a powerful and personable new track, ‘Secret Garden.’ Filled with Bill Crook’s pumping high-gauge six-string bass action, Michael Stringer’s punchy and circular progressive guitar riffs, and Courtney eschewing her screams completely for higher-register and inviting singing throughout (a dynamic that I adore), ‘Secret Garden‘ is another big win for Spiritbox. It’s a great example of their fluidity within heavy music and how they change things up from song to song to keep it fresh and engaging; how all three members showcase their own playing personality.
In fact, it reminds me a lot of their 2019 singles EP, actually. Armed with one of their best refrains since ‘Blessed Be,’ I also love how the song pushes on towards a well-developed and slightly altered finale chorus from the previous hooks to really hit home the track’s theme of intimately opening yourself up to other people only to be forgotten about. Feeling over-looked and unheard when desperately looking to connect and grow. Like you’ve been hidden away in your own little secret garden, as it were.
‘Eternal Blue‘ drops on September 17th. This is no doubt going to be one of the biggest, most-anticipated heavy releases of 2021. Fingers crossed it can live up to the insane level of hype that’s been shovelled onto the band and can stand on its own two legs.