Arctic Sleep's seventh album, "Kindred Spirits" dives further into explorations of universal themes... life & death, earth & space, beauty & sorrow.
Finding himself once again as a solo artist, Arctic Sleep founder Keith D wrote all of the music for the album with his closest & dearest friend by his side... a snowshoe cat named Yoda. Right when the music for the album had been completed, Yoda fell gravely ill and passed away. Crushed, Keith set to work writing the lyrics in bereavement. The result is "Kindred Spirits," a musical work intended to bring comfort and solace to anyone who has experienced loss, be it human or animal.
No matter what dark place you are in, this album is intended to be by your side and help you find your way through the mires of sadness and to the meadows of hope that lie beyond.
While still maintaining Arctic Sleep's signature sound, "Kindred Spirits" was recorded using more natural-sounding production techniques which results in an organic, honest, straightforward vibe. There is nothing to hide and all is laid bare here. Crank up the volume and let it take you away.
The album welcomes back drummer Nick Smalkowski and features guest appearances from vocalists Craig Cirinelli and Bridget Bellavia for added emotion & power. Recorded over two weeks in the backwoods of Montgomery NY with acclaimed producer John Naclerio, this is Arctic Sleep's most emotional and sincere work to date.
"a spellbinding array of moody, progressive riffs, effortlessly evocative melodies, and gorgeously harmonised, utterly heartfelt, vocals... one of the richest and most rewarding musical experiences of the year." NOCLEANSINGING.COM
"...this is Arctic Sleep's best album to date and if you like dense, moving and heavy music, then you owe it to yourself to give this a spin, you won’t regret it." - MERCHANTSOFAIR.COM
"Beautiful metal with big chords and bigger feelings" - NPR
"10/10" - METAL-TEMPLE.COM
"5/5 stars" - CAPTUREDHOWLS.COM
"Kindred Spirits is a winding array of the phenomenal beauty and artistry that can occur when we are coping with feeling our lowest. It is both full of great meaning and wholly wonderful to get lost in." - EVERYTHINGISNOISE.NET
"Kindred Spirits is a beautiful, expansive, vibrant album, full of emotional heft" - HEAVY MUSIC HEADQUARTERS
"It’s deeply emotional and sets a scene that only the utterly heartless couldn’t feel." - HEAVYBLOGISHEAVY.COM
"It’s a record to lose yourself in, a record that demands to be experienced in full, a record that’s perfect for riding out the darkness before the dawn." - MILWAUKEE RECORD
"Get on this. It's fantastic." - METALBANDCAMP.COM
"Modern doom at its very best" - GOSSIPELA.COM
"This is the coziest doom metal you’ll hear all year." - THEELITEEXTREMOPHILE.COM
"It’s well known that honest music creates life-long fans. And in 10 years, while no-one will give a shit about or remember plastic garbage like Imagine Dragons, people will still be discovering and loving this band." - DENIM AND LEATHER