Spectral Lore are a solo project from Greece that has had music reviewed before in this zine and on this recording plays an atmospheric, cosmic and progressive form of black metal and this is a review of his 2021 album "Ετερόφωτος" which will be released in April by I, Voidhanger Records.
A very fast and raw sound starts off the album along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. Vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams while the riffs also add in a great amount of melody as well as the solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style and when synths are utilized they also give the music more of an atmospheric feeling.
All of the tracks are also very long and epic in length while the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them along with the vocals also getting very deep sounding at times.
When clean playing is utilized it also gives the songs more of a progressive feeling along with some tracks also adding in some melodic vocals. Spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording as well as one song also introducing classical guitars onto the album, elements of noise and ambient can also be heard briefly and the closing track is mostly instrumental before adding in some choirs and chants. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover nature, cosmos, philosophy and esoteric themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding album from Spectral Lo9re and if you are a fan of atmospheric, progressive and cosmic black metal, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Golden Armor" "The Sorcerer Above The Clouds" and "Terean". 8 out of 10.