Spires are a four piece Progressive Metal band, based in Manchester, UK. Initially the brainchild of vocalist, guitarist and producer Paul Sadler, he was later joined by the virtuosic Paul Cuthbert on guitar (ex Nailed/Sermon of Hypocrisy), Alex Jolley on bass, and Chris Barnard on drums.
This line-up has remained stable since early 2008, and their live shows are a testament to their dedication and passion for their music. Musically, comparisons are often made to Opeth, Emperor, Mastodon and Cynic; however this barely touches on the kaleidoscope of influences, both metal and otherwise, that combine to deliver a truly original, mesmerising and often transcendental sound. Spires combine technicality and intricate musicianship with a flare for songwriting that never loses touch of what music should be about, and helps the songs flow seamlessly as they progress.
Spires released their critically acclaimed debut full length album, 'Spiral of Ascension' in November 2010. Featuring 8 songs, and over 65 minutes of highly original music, the album has received huge amounts of praise and respect from the press, fans and critics. It is a culmination of everything the band has sought to achieve, with a fantastic production, tight and passionate performance, and beautiful artwork from Daniella Morrison.
Spires' live performances have earned them a regular sizeable, and a reputation as an extremely tight, energetic, passionate and hard working live band, and November/December will see them embarking on a full UK tour with fellow Mancunians Incassum. The band has achieved a great deal in three years, and 2011 has seen them going on a mini UK tour with London based Prog Metallers Talanas, playing Bloodstock Open air, and preparing material for the second album.