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    Spektr – “No Longer Human Senses ” – [Candlelight (UK)]

    Two piece from France, Krig from Battlehome and Hth from Haemoth. While
    others are more versed in, and drawn towards, the doom boom, this snared
    my ear for the ambient flotsam and jetsam drifting in. For the sections
    when the hellbent, crunchdrive guitars abate, the vocal growl vanishes
    and we get washes of deceased organ, loops of macabre vinyl and a lot
    of foul wind blowing. Those haunted mansion moments are what make this
    release, cinematic more than just dark noise, and often they dominate
    tracks (not just used as intro/outro pieces). “Nothing’s Been Worth
    Saving” drifts along like a buoy clanking in the river Styx, with
    some heavy chains lashed to and locking the listener in place. There’s
    enough Black Sabbath worship in the guitar, and infernal drumming
    runs to retain the dark masses, but this might also appeal to fans
    of Swill Radio or maybe Helen Mirra (for the creaky atmospherics here
    remind me of her lost-at-sea 10″). -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 28, 2007 at 11:55 pm
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