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Spina Bifida - Ziyadah (1993) - 95%

Unsilent_Storms, April 8th, 2005

What is it about the early 90’s, Holland and doom/death metal? It amazes me the sheer number of quality doom and death metal bands coming out from the tiny country of Holland in that time period between 1990 and 1996. Spina Bifida was one of those bands; it consisted of members from Acrostichon and Disembowel, they released only one album, one of the heaviest doom metal albums ever, “Ziyadah”.

The album consists of 10 tracks (including the intro and outro) of slow, ultra dense doom metal. The production is brilliant; each instrument sounds perfectly clear and compliments the low growling vocals. The lyrics are obscure rantings about humanity and abstract forms of evil and despair. Even though the pace of these songs is slow and dense, the guitar riffs flow brilliantly, never boring the listener and creating a sense of total annihilation.

The album is all around solid, no fillers, my personal favorites are “Verdict” with a Black Sabbath like riff throughout the entire song, “Witchfire” with its crushing bass line and “Die”, how can you not love a song that says “Die, Die, Die!” in a way that makes you feel like they means it! This band is recommended for fans of other doom metal bands like Mystic Charm, Beyond Belief, and Castle or if you appreciate the harder side of metal.