Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Spectral Voice - Eroded Corridors of Unbeing (2017)

There are few bands that convey simultaneous misery and hatred like Spectral Voice. They've put out several demos and splits already, but now the Denver act has put out their first full-length album, "Eroded Corridors of Unbeing" on Dark Descent Records. This is a death/doom album in possibly the most literal sense - fierce and gnarly death metal mashed up with bleak, foreboding doom, and neither side is pulling any punches. Songs groan out low and depraved, easily switching between a brutally murderous rancor and long, forlorn strains dying in the void. The first half of the album is dusted in a layer of noise that growls at you when the music dies down, but it clears up for the second half when the quiet moments are just as unsettling as the loud. Vocals howl out both deep and coarse seemingly from somewhere beyond perception. Even in its most vicious moments, the whole thing aches with inescapable gloom. When all of these elements are combined with the band's gargantuan sound, it makes you feel as though you're being swallowed whole by the gaping maw of the abyss, or perhaps coming face-to-face with some kind of world-ending cosmic entity the size of the solar system. This is high quality if you're hungry for death metal or doom metal and absolutely unmissable if you want both! -Brandon

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