Fan poll: Top 5 SPIRITBOX songs | Revolver

Fan poll: Top 5 SPIRITBOX songs

Canuck alt-metal band's finest achievements — by the votes
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Spiritbox's 2021 debut album, Eternal Blue, is a fully formed album with very intentional sequencing and cohesive themes, but the Canadian alt-metal renegades built their name on individual songs. After unleashing their self-titled 2017 EP, the band led by singer Courtney LaPlante and multi-instrumentalist Michael Stringer dolled out a trail of singles for years prior to Eternal Blue, testing different sounds and training their burgeoning fanbase to consume their material in bite-size bits.

That's why it feels especially natural to ask Spiritbox fans to pick their single favorite Spiritbox song. Which is just what we did — check out the top five vote-getters ranked accordingly below.

5. "Rule of Nines"

"Rule of Nines" arrived as a one-off single in between Spiritbox's 2019 Singles Collection and their 2021 debut, Eternal Blue, and the song functions as a sort of bridge between those two eras of the band. The djenty heaviness of early Spiritbox is still present here (including a rip-roaring breakdown paired with rapturous screams), but "Rule of Nines" leans further into Spiritbox's atmospheric side than they had before. That middle ground is Spiritbox's sweet spot.

4. "Eternal Blue"

"Eternal Blue" wasn't a single from the album it shares a name with, but fans have clearly resonated with the side-B standout — and for good reason. A lapping keyboard loop opens the track with vaporwave-ian serenity, and then it slides gracefully into Spiritbox's menthol-y pocket; bulky metal groove, celestial synths and LaPlante's dusky, soulful crooning of the curly-q'd pop hook. Spiritbox absolutely nail every maneuver they pull on this song.

3. "Circle With Me"

"Circle With Me" obviously had to make this list, but we're happy that it didn't predictably occupy the No. 1 spot, even though it certainly could have. This Eternal Blue single is currently Spiritbox's most popular song in terms of raw streaming totals, and it might be the most accurate representation of what the band sound like as a whole. That down-tuned main riff makes you want to jump out of your chair, and LaPlante's suave singing during the waltzing chorus is infectiously tuneful. Its popularity is warranted.

2. "Blessed Be"

Next to "Rule of Nines," "Blessed Be" is the other stand-alone single that Spiritbox dropped prior to Eternal Blue. They were really on a tear with those, weren't they? This is one of the band's more contemplative and searching tracks. Stringer's basslines are always fucking mesmerizing, but the way this one wobbles in the mix right beneath the oscillating synth pattern and in between LaPlante's sullen vocals creates an almost ASMR-like sensation for the ears. Trust us, "Blessed Be" is a headphones listen.

1. "Holy Roller"

Let's fucking go! Listen, Spiritbox are naturals at everything they do, and they've effectively covered so much musical ground in the short time that they've been a band. But goddamn, when they dial in the heavy and go for the fucking throat like they do on "Holy Roller," it's like something in the universe clicks together and everything feels just right. The robotic intro vocals and foreboding ambiance; the way that crunching main riff smashes everything in its path; how the groove feels like a ten-ton boot crushing concrete; the way LaPlante's scathing vocals turn the heaviness dial into overdrive. Everything about this song fucking smacks. Everything.