A melodic, riff-forward doom metal unit based out of Arizona, Spirit Adrift is the brainchild of guitarist and vocalist Nate Garrett, who also plays with Tempe-based death metallers Gatecreeper.
A native of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Garrett spent his formative years soaking in the Ozark Mountain city’s surprisingly vital metal scene. Honing his skills in local bands and hitting the bottle hard, Garrett eventually relocated to Arizona where he sobered up, joined the popular regional death metal outfit Gatecreeper, and started his own band, Spirit Adrift. Fusing his love for Southern rock, classic doom metal, and traditional heavy metal, the project’s debut album, 2016’s Chained to Oblivion, evoked names like Black Sabbath, Baroness, Judas Priest, and even Thin Lizzy. A split with Denver doom rockers Khemmis preceded the release of the group’s sophomore effort, Curse of Conception, which featured a fully fleshed-out band — Spirit Adrift’s debut was primarily a Garrett solo vehicle. 2019’s versatile Divided by Darkness saw the band go all in on their neck-snapping amalgam of thrash, doom, NWOBHM, and melodic metal.