Spectral Lore- Gnosis (2015)


Author: Crono

Artist: Spectral Lore

Album: Gnosis

Label: I, Voidhanger Records


 Wow has Spectral Lore ever been busy these past few years. Starting in 2012, they have released a string of monstrous pieces. Starting with their third LP, Sentinel, my personal introduction to Spectral Lore, then following with two splits, the better of the two being the mind-blowing Sol, a concept album about space where Spectral Lore and the equally space-y Mare Cognitum each wrote one track and then co-wrote a third. To follow this up, there was the brilliantly titled III, their fourth album (obviously), which was nothing short of a triumph, cutting away some of more ambient work in favor of 90 minutes of pure atmospheric black metal greatness. Continue reading


Vials of Wrath – Days without Names (2015)

Author: Dave

Band: Vials of Wrath

Album: Days without Names

Label: Independent

What’s this? Another atmospheric/ambient black metal album for 2015? Yes, indeed it is. For somebody who has a few quibbles with this particular subgenre, I certainly do find myself listening to a good bit of it. My frustration with this genre mostly has to do with the fact that when you’re hanging out this high on the metal tree, the metal roots are almost invisible. Many releases of this genre just come across as post-rock with blast beats and harsh vocals, and much of the raw edge that makes black metal what it is, is conspicuously absent. That said, I do still enjoy the overall sound, regardless of its distance from its supposed musical forebears. Continue reading