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Review: Spectral Wound - A Diabolic Thirst
Spectral Wound
A Diabolic Thirst

Label: Profound Lore Records
Year released: 2021
Duration: 40:12
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: June 1, 2021
Reviewed by: Micah.Ram
Readers Rating
A Diabolic Thirst

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)

From Montréal, Canadian Black Metal five-piece Spectral Wound have released their third full-length album this past April, which received a bit of hype from various corners of the Internet. The hype in fact is what brought me to listen to this album, my first experience with the band's work. I do believe fans of Black Metal will indeed find value in this album.

What we have here is a no-nonsense thrill ride of fast and intense Black Metal blasting, tremolo riffs, and strong, raspy vocals over a cold atmosphere. The production on this record leaves it feeling massive, chaotic, and yet also clear, which feels like the perfect balance. The songs here vary from fast to mid-paced, with one slower track in the middle called "Mausoleal Drift." This track is almost ten whole minutes and seems to be the climax of the album. While its great length is mostly used to build up tension for a big finish, there were moments in the first few minutes that felt a little uninspired. However, the band did in fact build up to the finish to great effect with a massive section at the end complete with nice leads which made up for the less interesting moments of the first half. Considering the length of the wait, I would have liked the end to be juicier, but it was still quite a nice payoff at the end anyway.

Outside of the previously mentioned track, the rest of the album mostly sticks to a faster pace with fast drumming that occasionally stops blasting for a half-time beat that lets things breathe while the guitars take control with nice leads and riffs, sometimes even in dual form, such as the harmonizing leads in the middle of "Frigid and Spellbound." Speaking of this track, there is also a nicely performed acoustic guitar section before the end that greatly lessens the intensity and cleverly sets up for an intense blast of energy that follows, carrying it to the end. These are the kinds of moments that the band does very well on this record.

Speaking of those moments that the band does well, I think that there is still need for more variation within the album to help it maintain replay value. Much of the content here follows a similar path, and that is my only complaint about the album. Perhaps having another track with a slower tempo like "Mausoleal Drift" would help this record find greater variation in an impactful way. Either way, as I stated earlier, the music here sounds great with all instruments and vocals expertly performed. Being an album with no filler moments, no extensive intros or outros, this is an album that is considerate of our listening time and cuts right to the point. If you like melodic Black Metal, you will surely dig this one.

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