Well, for me the third SPECTRAL album is the first encounter with the band from Vulkaneifel and I have to admit I am overwhelmed. It’s not that there’s extraordinarily original or boasting technical stuff to hear here. No, the Metal still sounds archaic, dirty but yet controlled here. Above all the stylistic range from Black Metal to pure Thrash to Viking Metal is shockingly flowing. Seriously, even fans of ENSIFERUM, MOONSORROW or EQUILIBRIUM should give this a listen. The clients of DESASTER, WITCHERY or DESTRÖYER 666 are addressed anyway.
SPECTRAL’s big asset is the catchiness, with all the clasting and extremity everything always come to the point. Whereat you shouldn’t take the stuff about “blasting” too exactly, there’s no bludgeoning music, the band often loses control in a rather dosed and well-placed way... There parts partly sound a bit primitive, but they’re old school as fuck and definitely more authentic and also more effective than those artificially triggered blasts…The vocals are mandatorily scolding, but there are clean passages, too, and a song such as the anthem “Beyond The Call Of Duty” almost does without growls whatsoever, but only almost – he he he. Another credit goes to the guitar department that powers away unleashed, dances melodically or even acts folky singing.
SPECTRAL don’t need to fear any Scandinavian combo. Unfortunately the CD doesn’t mention any label, but that’s always the same after all. After all the labels are busy signing the 465th Metalcore band…Have fun at it! Band contact: German Wollwert, Müllenborner Str. 44, 54568 Gerolstein or homepage www.spectral-metal.de (Online August 9, 2005)