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Spectral Voice : Eroded Corridors Of Unbeing

Colorado's Spectral Voice offer a substantial debut full-length old-school Death/Doom outing.

Spectral Voice are right up my street, so to speak. Playing the kind of subterranean Death Metal with Doomy bits that sounds like it was recorded in a cave around Samhain while black candlelight illumed their hirsute, leather-clad silhouettes, their debut album is also a bona-fide lesson in how to get this sort of stuff done right. The US has given rise to a number of 'proper' occult-themed, Lovecraftian-tinged acts down the years, and Colorado's Spectral Voice can now take their rightful place amongst the best of them with this sterling effort of a debut full length.

Sure enough, it's fun to pick out the fairly obvious influences, and if you've just recently given Incantation or diSEMBOWELMENT's back catalogues a run through then you probably won't be too excited when this hits the speakers. But if, like myself, you float around the genres, then coming back to some quality sounding Death n' Doom from time to time is certainly a warm and familiar setting in which to put the feet up. Similarly, if you don't enjoy the sepulchral sounds of the likes of Hooded Menace or Dead Congregation then you might want to stay clear.

If this all sounds like fence-sitting...then it is! Reasons being that stuff like this will either be lapped up greedily by devotees and fans of the genre or derided by naysayers for being thoroughly derivative of a scene that they believe went to the dogs twenty years ago. But as I hinted at earlier, if you still think it's nineteen ninety three and you want bits of Carcass's 'Heartwork' and early Entombed repackaged with extra cavernous reverb, along with more Lovecraft than is healthy for you then step right up. You really won't feel too badly let down. Fans of acts such as Krypts, Grave Miasma and Necrowretch should order this now, as should people mourning the terrible loss of decent sounding Akercocke records. Not a bad way to start the year at all.

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
1. Thresholds Beyond
2. Visions Of Psychic Dismemberment
3. Lurking Gloom
4. Terminal Exhalation Of Being
5. Dissolution

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

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Reviewed on 2018-02-01 by Matt Halsey
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