Some musicians just ooze charisma, it doesn’t matter where you are in your career, if you’ve got it, you’ve got it. One such person is Vitalis Kairiūkštis, the Lithuanian vocalist known for his work with heavy metal band Spicy Bits of Scandal who now steps into the world of being a solo artist with his project Songs from Black Spirit having released ‘I Am Who I Am.
It is a bold move to release a solo album as it is, it can border on insane to release a double album as your first album, but Kairiūkštis proves that he has the balls to do this. ‘I Am…’ is a decent collection of 19 songs over two discs clocking in at under 45 minutes each that explores varying different sounds of heavy, melodic and power metal through tracks such as ‘The Wolfman’, ‘Whore of Babylon’ and ‘Avalon’ that are catchy and enjoyable. Yet, at nearly 90 minutes, listening to this album can be a tall order, much like most double albums, it is a lot to take in during one sitting and can become a bit of a slog.
Kairiūkštis has delivered what he is good at, decent heavy metal. Yes, the production might not be the best and it could have made three shorter decent albums, but it does accomplish what it sets out to do and it will be interesting to see what Kairiūkštis does next.
"a bold and ballsy debut album of heavy metal"
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