Spiritbox have surprise-released a new three-song collection titled Rotoscope, while unveiling the music video for the title track. You can stream all three tracks now.
The title cut sees Spiritbox embracing a more industrial metal sound. The pulsing beats and crunchy, syncopated riffs have a danceable quality, with frontwoman Courtney LaPlante going full melodic-pop on the vocals. But the clean singing dissipates on the chorus — a nu-metal explosion that’s wholly unexpected. The Max Moore-directed video showcases the intensity of LaPlante’s performance on the track.
The release also includes two additional tracks, “Sew Me Up” and “Hysteria.” The former is a mid-tempo riffer that recalls Diamond Eyes-era Deftones with its balance of pop-like songcraft, melody, and harshness.
Meanwhile, “Hysteria” has a more alternative/indie flavor until a soaring vocal sequence from LaPlante triggers a crushing outro. In only three tracks, Spiritbox manage to traverse an array of styles and ideas, making the Rotoscope release a worthy complement to their lauded 2021 debut full-length album, Eternal Blue.
The band formed in 2017 and rode a string of one-off singles to an eventual recording deal with Rise Records. A testament to Spiritbox’s swift ascent to popularity, their most well-known song “Holy Roller” was recently performed — and performed well, we might add — by a 10-year-old girl on America’s Got Talent. Not bad publicity for the Canadian metal trio.
You can watch the video for “Rotoscope” and stream “Sew Me Up” and “Hysteria” below.