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Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   2/28/2007   A Library, CD

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

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