Spahn Ranch is one of the most underrated bands of the past decade. Formed in 1992, the band consists of vocalist and lyricist Athan Maroulis who, prior to Spahn Ranch, was in legendary bands such as Fahrenheit 451, Executive Slacks, and Tubalcain. Producer, composer, engineer, mixer, and multi-instrumentalist Matt Green (Carcrash International) is a highly respected talent in the music recording industry. Percussionist Harry Lewis (Executive Slacks, Tubalcain) is the other current member of Spahn Ranch.
If you are familiar with Spahn Ranch, do not use Architecture (1997) or Beat Noir (1998) as reference points. Comparing this CD in that fashion is like comparing apples to oranges. Closure is an apt title, as the band decidedly closed the door to the past and pursued a different approach from their previous successful ventures. With the inclusion of P.J. Harvey’s ‘The River’ and, on the Cryonica U.K. release, Madonna’s ‘Swim,’ a slower more deliberate sound emerged. This does not mean that the CD is devoid of infectious beats and awesome arrangements. Just check out songs like ‘Reasons,’ ’Destruction,’ ’Mind Over Matter,’ and ’Magellan.’ At times, Athan’s vocals sound a lot like Ian McCulloch, but this just adds to the greatness of the album. With guests such as Danny B. Harvey on guitar, Mark Blasquez (Death Ride 69), and Eric Powell (16 Volt) to help fill out the sound, this is an incredible album that gets better with each spin in the CD tray.
Artist Link: http://www.spahnranch.net