“Fantastical” Heavy Metal band Spell will release their new LP, Tragic Magic on October 28th, 2022 via Bad Omen Records. On this album, they take a “grittier” lyrical approach while “confronting real life challenges of modern times”. The album’s cover art features “Frenzy of Exultations” by Wladyslaw Podkowiński from the year 1863 and is intentionally portentious.
In advance of the release of Tragic Magic, Spell has released a video for the new track, “Fever Dream”, directed by Scotti Gibson, with cinematography by Kyle Samuels, make up effects by Caitlin Rose Delaplace, and edited by Vince Edwards. The song explores the realms of “nightmares and sleep paralysis”.
Spell vocalist/guitarist Cam Mesmer comments:
“Fever Dream” comes directly from the most evil and frightening moments I’ve experienced in the depths of illness and sleep. These things may not make sense in the light of day, but once they take hold you have no choice but to follow their twisted path. Deep within nightmares and sleep paralysis, I have conflicting desires: first the urge to shake myself and escape, but also a second, deeper instinct – to give in to the feeling and allow it to conquer me completely to see where it will take me. This song represents your darkest subconscious, urging you to allow that evil inside of yourself and give it the agency to take you somewhere new, somewhere unholy. Now go back to sleep…
Tragic Magic is the follow up to Spell’s 2020 LP, Opulent Decay. Spell have a wide variety of influences like ’60s Motown, The Cocteau Twins, Candlemass, and the songwriting of Russ Ballard.