SPECTRAL LORE — III (review)

SPECTRAL LORE — III album cover Album · 2014 · Atmospheric Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
Warthur
A superb atmospheric black metal double album from this one-musician project. Spectral Lore is the output of Ayloss, who accomplishes a high level of adept multi-instrumental proficiency here. Atmospheric black metal has, of course, been very keen on working in aspects of folk or ambient music since its inception - Burzum having pioneered that - but on III Ayloss produces some really exceptional quieter moments to sit alongside the impressively furious black metal crescendos.

"Dungeon synth"-esque ambient sections in black metal have often enjoyed a somewhat lo-fi aesthetic, in keeping with black metal as a whole, but here the production is crystal clear and the material is intricate and delicate enough to well and truly justify that. Closing number cosmic significance somehow blends dungeon synth, dark ambient, creepy folk and howling black metal into a single magnificent piece which flows beautifully and seamlessly from beginning to end. Truly a landmark album in this niche subgenre.
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adg211288 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Glad you liked this one Warthur. It's definitely a favourite from the genre for me.

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