Spiritbox is the brain-child of Courtney LaPlante and Michael Stringer (both members of iwrestledabearonce and, coincidentally, a married couple). Without any doubt, and from the very first notes of opening track “The Mara Effect, Pt.1”, the idea to which Spiritbox relates is immediately obvious. This idea is the type of “atmospheric djent” that characterized a series of releases, namely Februus by Uneven Structure but to a much more obvious degree, TesseracT’s Altered State.
Shores of the Abstract Line is a complex, thick and often violent musical creation, straddling the lines between chugged breakdowns, technical leads and atmospheric post-metal. It’s a journey and an ordeal, one which opens itself to introspection and careful examination. Should you be willing to do so, you’d find one of the most convincing and moving albums of 2016 and, indeed, of the nascent new wave of post-metal.