Spirit Adrift

Spirit Adrift is an American heavy metal band formed in Phoenix, Arizona. The project began in 2015 as the solo endeavor of Nate Garrett, and eventually grew into a full touring band. The band is now based in Austin, Texas.[1]

Spirit Adrift
Spirit Adrift performing live in 2019
Spirit Adrift performing live in 2019
Background information
GenresHeavy metal, doom metal
Years active2015–present
Labels20 Buck Spin, Century Media,
Websitespiritadrift.com
Members
  • Nate Garrett
  • Marcus Bryant
Past members
  • Chase Mason
  • Jeff Owens
  • Eric Wagner

HistoryEdit

Spirit Adrift started in 2015, in the immediate wake of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Nate Garrett's newfound sobriety. The debut EP Behind - Beyond and first full-length album Chained to Oblivion were recorded in 2015 and released in February and October 2016, respectively.[2] Because of demand for live performances, a full band was formed consisting of Marcus Bryant, Jeff Owens, and Chase Mason.[3] The first Spirit Adrift show took place on May 15, 2017 at The Rebel Lounge in Phoenix, Arizona with Gatecreeper and Pallbearer.[4] Shortly after, a split with Khemmis was released on War Crime Recordings. The split, entitled Fraught with Peril, features updated heavy metal versions of traditional Appalachian songs. Spirit Adrift reinterpret Man of Constant Sorrow on this release.[5]

On October 6, 2017, Spirit Adrift released their second full-length, Curse of Conception on 20 Buck Spin. The band embarked on North American tours in support of its release, including dates at Decibel Metal & Beer Fest, Migration Fest and Psycho Las Vegas.[6] Curse of Conception received widespread critical acclaim, including landing the number two spot on Decibel's Best of 2017 list.[7][8][9]

On October 23, 2018, "Eyes Were Not Alive" was released as a single via the Decibel Flexi Series.[10]

On May 10, 2019, the band released their third full-length, Divided by Darkness, again on 20 Buck Spin.[11] Leading up to the album's release, Revolver debuted the official music video for the song "Angel and Abyss".[12] The North American tour in support of Divided by Darkness included dates at Northwest Terror Fest and Modified Ghost Fest.[13] In late 2019, Eric Wagner replaced Jeff Owens on guitar.[14] The band then embarked on a co-headlining tour of Europe with Sanhedrin, and appeared at Aftershock Festival in Sacramento.[15][16]

In early 2020, Garrett announced that Eric Wagner and Chase Mason would no longer be part of Spirit Adrift.[17] In June 2020, the band surprise-released the Angel & Abyss Redux EP to raise money for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.[18] Then in August, they announced their new album Enlightened in Eternity, which was released on October 16 on 20 Buck Spin in North America, and Century Media in the rest of the world.[19]

Kerrang! ranks Spirit Adrift among the top ten American bands of the 2010s.[20]

MembersEdit

CurrentEdit

  • Nate Garrett – vocals, guitar, bass, drums, piano, synthesizer (2015–present)
  • Marcus Bryant – drums (2017–present)
  • Preston Bryant - guitar (2021 - present, keyboards on studio albums)
  • Sonny DeCarlo - bass (2021 - present)

FormerEdit

  • Jeff Owens – guitar (2017–2019)
  • Eric Wagner – guitar (2019–2020)
  • Chase Mason – bass (2017–2020)

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

  • Chained to Oblivion (2016)
  • Curse of Conception (2017)
  • Divided by Darkness (2019)
  • Enlightened in Eternity (2020)

EPsEdit

  • Behind - Beyond (2016)
  • Angel & Abyss Redux (2020)
  • Forge Your Future (2021)

SinglesEdit

  • "Eyes Were Not Alive" (2018)

SplitsEdit

  • Fraught with Peril (2017)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Davis, Cody (October 5, 2017). "Arizona Doom Project Spirit Adrift Returns with a Surprisingly Aggressive New LP". Vice. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Form and Force: An Interview with Spirit Adrift's Nate Garrett". Decibel Magazine. August 4, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  3. ^ "Spirit Adrift's Nate Garrett Talks New Album Plus Metallica". Decibel Magazine. October 30, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "PALLBEARER & GATECREEPER Team Up For U.S. Tour". Metal Injection. March 29, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "SPIRIT ADRIFT Crafts A Wonderfully Doomed Cover of "Man of Constant Sorrow"". Metal Injection. June 8, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  6. ^ "SPIRIT ADRIFT Sets Off On North American Tour With Dates at MIGRATION FEST and PSYCHO LAS VEGAS". Metal Injection. July 25, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  7. ^ "SPOILER: Here Are Decibel's Top 40 Albums of 2017". Decibel Magazine. November 20, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "Metal Injection Writers' Overall Top 20 Albums of 2017". Metal Injection. December 28, 2017. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "The 10 Best Metal Albums of 2017". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "Hear Exclusive New Spirit Adrift Song "Eyes Were Not Alive" via the Decibel Flexi Series". Decibel Magazine. October 23, 2018. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  11. ^ Terich, Jeff (March 8, 2019). "Spirit Adrift announce new album, Divided by Darkness". Treble. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "See Spirit Adrift's Trippy Sabbathian Video for Soaring New Song "Angel & Abyss"". Revolver. April 17, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "SPIRIT ADRIFT Announces North American Tour With HAUNT & HIGH COMMAND". Metal Injection. March 13, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Spirit Adrift - Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives". metal-archives.com. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  15. ^ "|| SPIRIT ADRIFT & SANHEDRIN CO-HEADLINING EUROPEAN TOUR 2019 ||". Doomstar Bookings. May 27, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  16. ^ "Aftershock 2019 expands to three days with Tool, Slipknot, blink-182, Korn, Rob Zombie, Staind & more October 11, 12 & 13 at Discovery Park in Sacramento, CA". am-media.net. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "SPIRIT ADRIFT And GATECREEPER Announce Lineup Changes, New SPIRIT ADRIFT Album in 2020". Metal Injection. February 5, 2020. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  18. ^ Terich, Jeff (June 19, 2020). "Spirit Adrift releases new EP, Angel & Abyss Redux". Treble. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  19. ^ "Hear Spirit Adrift's New Trad-Metal Scorcher "Harmony of the Spheres"". Revolver. August 14, 2020. Retrieved August 14, 2020.
  20. ^ "The 50 Best American Metal Bands From the Last Decade". Kerrang!. Retrieved August 24, 2019.

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