Spectral Lore - II review
02. The Thorns That Guide My Warpath
03. Towards The Great Crossroad
04. Leaving The Stars Far Behind
05. Recoiling Beneath The Waves
06. Through An Infinite Dreamscape
07. To Wither In Silence And Dismay
08. Where Nature Will Not Ever Yield To Man
Atmospheric black metal / ambient
Temple Of Torturous
Line-up on the CD:
Ayloss - vocals, all instruments
In 2007 Spectral Lore released II following the underground success of I, which made its debut one year prior. Because both albums were almost overlooked by the entire metal community upon their initial release dates (mostly due to Spectral Lore releasing both independently), Temple Of Torturous decided to take it upon themselves to reissue their own enhanced version of the CDs.
No facetious introduction here - this is a dauntless album, featuring sublime song structures and uncompromising mood swings. Tormenting synth work leaves the listener with the feeling of being haunted, while the acoustic guitar passages make for a very serene experience, as if traversing fogged marshland in the middle of the night, unable to shake the feeling that someone's following you, watching your every move against the pale moonlight from a distance.
Following the folk-inspired acoustic introduction (aptly titled "Introitus") Ayloss unveils his sumptuous skill set with "The Thorns That Guide My Warpath", a 25-minute pilgrimage through arboraceous landscapes, macabre corridors, life's pulchritude, exhilarating celebrations and harrowing resentment, careful not to overlook any significant emotions so as to enrapture the listener and change the setting as the characters of the play develop. The intensity of the melodies that pick up about halfway through the song makes for some incredibly elegant rancor, whereas the final minutes grant the listener time to reflect upon the journey to the backdrop of stirring synthesizers. Normally one avoids resting so much effort into describing one song, but unfortunately for the rest of the songs on the album, they just don't live up to "...Warpath"'s grandeur.
This isn't to say the album is weak - far from it in fact. There is still some excellent synth work, intricate melodies, and the ambient factor plays a major role in the chilling atmosphere. The stifling production reinforces Spectral Lore's abject cynicism, all the while laying the foundation for absolute melancholy. Even still, Ayloss would have been better off reserving the first two tracks for an EP while the succeeding tracks could have rounded out their own full-length, making for a more consistent listening process.
||Written on 10.08.2010 by Just another opinionated guy telling you what to listen to.|
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