Denver’s Spectral Voice finally have a full-length out, and fans everywhere can rejoice.
The band is continuing the storied tradition of classic, brutal, no-holds-bar death metal. But don’t mistake; although they are classic, they are in no way cheesy or throwback. Instead, they utilize elements of more traditional death metal, such as breathy growls mixed more quietly, doom-inspired riffs and shredding-yet-not-overly-produced guitar work. These guys pull their inspiration from the absolute depths of hell, and create music that is as blackened and hateful as it is creative. The new trend in death seems to be to honor its roots rather than focusing on technicality, and Spectral Voice are embracing this approach head-on.
The long-awaited full-length from the death doom powerhouse, Eroded Corridors of Unbeing, is every bit as brutal and unforgiving as their previous records, but with a little more finesse. The group’s five demos and two splits have been enough to get fans completely stoked on the music, but understandably, none of these flowed or were polished like full albums. Hearing Spectral Voice’s music all collected onto one cohesive album makes the band’s skill show even more.
Still only five tracks long, the album does not disappoint fans who want to hear plodding, doomy epics. It opens up with “Thresholds Beyond,” a fitting first track that keeps things slow and heavy, signaling a descent into madness. “Visions of Psychic Dismemberment,” the second song, is by far the most epic, clocking in at almost 14 minutes. “Terminal Exhalation,” the second-to-last track, is probably the one that shreds the hardest, putting the listener in mind of either a sweaty room smelling of beer or a dismal swamp in hell.
This record comes highly recommended for those who are already a fan of the group, and those who like their death metal slow and angry. Spectral Voice have a very specific sound that may not appeal to all, but those who are a fan of that sound shouldn’t hesitate to check out this record.