Point of Origin

Point of Origin

by Downspirit

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Point of Origin

Downspirit guitarist Cedric "Cede" Dupont has been quoted as saying that one of the main goals of their debut album, Point of Origin, was to combine metal with the blues. Of course, being blues-minded is hardly unprecedented for headbangers; the blues are the roots of rock & roll, and they have been influencing metal and hard rock since the 1960s. But it isn't often that 21st century metalheads go out of their way to tell you how much the blues means to them. So just how strong is the blues factor on Point of Origin? Well, Downspirit don't perform a bunch of Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, or John Lee Hooker songs; it isn't as though they are inundating listeners with tunes that have 12 bars. But parts of Point of Origin are indeed bluesy, and these German headbangers are obviously well aware of the way the blues has affected different metal and hard rock eras; there is no doubt that they identify with the bluesier strains of 1970s metal and hard rock as well with the bluesier strains of 1990s grunge. Downspirit's sound is best described as alternative metal with elements of grunge, stoner rock, and progressive metal, and their long list of direct or indirect influences ranges from Monster Magnet, Nirvana, and Soundgarden, to Black Sabbath and Foghat; this is a band that identifies with the bluesiness of Led Zeppelin as well as the bluesiness of Alice in Chains. Downspirit love those big hooks and big melodies of 1970s and 1980s metal and hard rock, but they also love the grunginess and downtuned guitars of post-'80s alt-metal. Point of Origin could have been more consistent; while most of the material is worthwhile, there are also a few lesser tracks here and there. But all things considered, Downspirit's bluesy take on alt-metal is a creative success.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2010
Label: Metalville
UPC: 0807297158229
catalogNumber: 71582
Rank: 227548

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Downspirit   Primary Artist
Jan Hartman   Harmonica
Cedric 'Cede' Dupont   Dobro,Guitar,Slide Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Group Member
Sven Rakowitz   Bass,Group Member
Axel "Aki" Reissmann   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Sebastian Dunkel   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Steffen Lauth   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Group Member
Loud   Vocals
Bridge   Vocals

Technical Credits

Tom Muller   Engineer
Cedric 'Cede' Dupont   Composer,Lyricist
Rüdiger Fleck   Vocal Engineer
Downspirit   Producer
Chris Furer   Logo Design,Web Design
Season Zero   Artwork
Axel "Aki" Reissmann   Composer
Steffen Lauth   Composer,Lyricist

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