Release date: 2 May 2014
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Dark ambient

Rating:

8 | 44 votes

Owners:

21 have it
11 want it


Disc I [Singularity]
01. Omphalos
02. The Veiled Garden
03. The Cold March To Eternal Brightness
04. Drifting Through Moss And Ancient Stone

Disc II [Eternity]
01. The Spiral Fountain
02. A Rider In The Lands Of An Infinite Dreamscape
03. Cosmic Significance

Lyrics (5)


Line-up
Ayloss - all instruments, vocals


Additional info
Artwork by Benjamin Vierling.

Staff pick by
Apothecary

04.05.2014 Well this is definitely an album for the one man fanatics like myself if I ever heard one. Admittedly not as good as the previous Sentinel, but the drop in quality is very minimal, and Nihilus Ayloss continues to deliver in spades. Raw and hard hitting, but also interspersed with plenty of dreamy and mesmerizing undercurrents, to create a feeling not too unlike floating in some sort of otherwordly, cosmic ocean. "The Veiled Garden" in particular is nothing short of mindblowing.

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strade - 27.03.2014 at 22:51  
Rating: 10 Man I can't wait to get my mitts on this. And gorgeous cover art as always.
Troy Killjoy - 08.04.2014 at 05:16  
 
Written by strade on 27.03.2014 at 22:51
Man I can't wait to get my mitts on this. And gorgeous cover art as always.

Have you heard it yet? I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow morning once I'm back from work.

http://spectrallore.bandcamp.com/album/iii
strade - 08.04.2014 at 05:56  
Rating: 10
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.04.2014 at 05:16

Written by strade on 27.03.2014 at 22:51
Man I can't wait to get my mitts on this. And gorgeous cover art as always.

Have you heard it yet? I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow morning once I'm back from work.

http://spectrallore.bandcamp.com/album/iii


Only two songs have actually been released, it seems. I can't seem to get a definitive release date for this album anywhere, unfortunately, though it's definitely finished (and hopefully awesome) by the looks of this review: http://autothrall.blogspot.com/2014/03/spectral-lore-iii-2014.html
!J.O.O.E.! - 08.04.2014 at 11:27  
Rating: 6 I never really give these guys' albums the time they deserve. I'll make sure this one gets my full attention.
Fearmeister - 02.05.2014 at 03:05  
Rating: 9 This is really beautiful. Fucking love it!
Skyum - 02.05.2014 at 09:19  
Rating: 9 Indeed, this album is absolutely stunning.
Mr. Doctor - 02.05.2014 at 10:33  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.04.2014 at 05:16

Written by strade on 27.03.2014 at 22:51
Man I can't wait to get my mitts on this. And gorgeous cover art as always.

Have you heard it yet? I'm gonna give it a go tomorrow morning once I'm back from work.

http://spectrallore.bandcamp.com/album/iii


Holy shit I didn't even know it was out yet (I knew they were working on it but not that it was done). I loved their previous one. Will check this out asap.
Erik M. - 02.05.2014 at 17:58  
Rating: 9 Quite possibly the most interesting album of 2014, so far. And easily one of the very best.

It's truly massive with its 1 hour and 27 minutes length and just 7 songs. But the music really remains interesting because there's plenty of variety going on: beautiful relaxing ambient/atmospheric soundscapes and pure raw black metal parts. It all sounds fantastic.
Erik M. - 02.05.2014 at 17:58  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 08.04.2014 at 11:27

I never really give these guys' albums the time they deserve. I'll make sure this one gets my full attention.


That'll take you a while seeing as this album is so massive. But if you ask me it's really worth it.
Verdun_sc - 02.05.2014 at 18:27  
Rating: 9 This album is incredible. He's finally figured out the production completely, and the songwriting is tighter than ever. Masterful.
Alex Fenger - 02.05.2014 at 18:45  
Rating: 7
Written by Erik M. on 02.05.2014 at 17:58

It's truly massive with its 1 hour and 27 minutes length and just 7 songs.

I don't think any album will impress me length-wise now that I've heard a couple of two hour+ albums (until someone hits three hours and makes it good). Music-wise i'd say this is great, but not quite as good as Sentinel. An impressive album nonetheless
Góral - 02.05.2014 at 19:25  
Rating: 8 Personally, my best SL's album so far. Gorgeous stuff.
Erik M. - 02.05.2014 at 19:34  
Rating: 9
Written by Alex Fenger on 02.05.2014 at 18:45

I don't think any album will impress me length-wise now that I've heard a couple of two hour+ albums (until someone hits three hours and makes it good). Music-wise i'd say this is great, but not quite as good as Sentinel. An impressive album nonetheless


Seems like strange reasoning to me. Just because you've heard 2 hour or longer albums doesn't mean an album of nearly 1,5 hours can't be impressive length-wise. It's still very long, after all.

I've heard both Sentinel and this one just once and my first impression is that this one is a lot better. Obviously it's just an impression so I'd need to spin both a couple of times to make sure.
Fearmeister - 02.05.2014 at 20:46  
Rating: 9
Written by Erik M. on 02.05.2014 at 19:34

Written by Alex Fenger on 02.05.2014 at 18:45

I don't think any album will impress me length-wise now that I've heard a couple of two hour+ albums (until someone hits three hours and makes it good). Music-wise i'd say this is great, but not quite as good as Sentinel. An impressive album nonetheless


Seems like strange reasoning to me. Just because you've heard 2 hour or longer albums doesn't mean an album of nearly 1,5 hours can't be impressive length-wise. It's still very long, after all.

I've heard both Sentinel and this one just once and my first impression is that this one is a lot better. Obviously it's just an impression so I'd need to spin both a couple of times to make sure.


To me, the length itself isn't impressive, its the amount of content that in this 90 min album that's impressive. This is something that I could spin a a bunch of times and find something new every time
Fritillaria - 03.05.2014 at 17:00  
Rating: 9 Mind-blowing, so enjoyable and at the same sort of fresh tunes, every song has its own identity and it's not just an album of monotonous repeating and similar songs.
strade - 04.05.2014 at 00:36  
Rating: 10 Replete with beautiful melodies? Check. Loaded with intricate, precise riffs? Check. A shoe in for BM album of the year and a veritable candidate for overall AOTY? Double check.

This is amazing.
PocketMetal - 04.05.2014 at 21:13  
  Oh god, I didn't even know he was releasing a new album. I love Sentinel, gonna listen to this asap.
Boxcar Willy - 05.05.2014 at 09:16  
  Good album but it's too fucking long. There's no reason why he couldn't have trimmed out at least 20 minutes. Contrary to popular belief having a long album doesn't make the music any better, nor does it give you any more of a higher status for sitting through the whole thing.
Alex Fenger - 05.05.2014 at 17:29  
Rating: 7
Written by Boxcar Willy on 05.05.2014 at 09:16

Good album but it's too fucking long. There's no reason why he couldn't have trimmed out at least 20 minutes. Contrary to popular belief having a long album doesn't make the music any better, nor does it give you any more of a higher status for sitting through the whole thing.

I actually think this warrants the length, but it is very true that some people think lengthier albums are automatically better
Ag Fox - 05.05.2014 at 18:38  
  Huh? who thinks longer albums = better?
Lit. - 05.05.2014 at 19:06  
 
Written by Ag Fox on 05.05.2014 at 18:38

Huh? who thinks longer albums = better?

Funeral doom.

...And maybe Exodus.
Fearmeister - 06.05.2014 at 01:26  
Rating: 9
Written by Boxcar Willy on 05.05.2014 at 09:16

Good album but it's too fucking long. There's no reason why he couldn't have trimmed out at least 20 minutes. Contrary to popular belief having a long album doesn't make the music any better, nor does it give you any more of a higher status for sitting through the whole thing.


Well, you're getting 2 albums worth of music for the price of 1. How is that not a good thing? Its not like you have to listen to both discs at the same time.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.05.2014 at 01:34  
Rating: 6
Written by Boxcar Willy on 05.05.2014 at 09:16

Contrary to popular belief having a long album doesn't make the music any better, nor does it give you any more of a higher status for sitting through the whole thing.

If the popular opinion thinks longer albums are better (if that's indeed true, I've only seen a few people say that here and there) than surely that's just what people think, so they can't be wrong in that respect.
strade - 06.05.2014 at 01:42  
Rating: 10 If I'm receiving music of this quality, I won't turn down a surplus of content. While I do tend to prefer concise efforts, I feel this album justifies its length and then some.

Also, no one says you have to listen to the entire thing every time. Sometimes I play just one of the two discs if the mood strikes me. Then, when I have the time, the immersion of experiencing the full album is just that much sweeter.
Erik M. - 06.05.2014 at 23:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Ag Fox on 05.05.2014 at 18:38

Huh? who thinks longer albums = better?


Well, I'd rather have a 70 minute album that's excellent as a whole than a 40 minute album that's also excellent as a whole. The former is then better, probably. Of course longer isn't automatically better, but when it's music that you like a lot, then I'd say longer = better.
Erik M. - 06.05.2014 at 23:57  
Rating: 9
Written by Fearmeister on 06.05.2014 at 01:26

Well, you're getting 2 albums worth of music for the price of 1. How is that not a good thing? Its not like you have to listen to both discs at the same time.


Indeed.
Erik M. - 06.05.2014 at 23:57  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.05.2014 at 01:34

If the popular opinion thinks longer albums are better (if that's indeed true, I've only seen a few people say that here and there) than surely that's just what people think, so they can't be wrong in that respect.


True, but to me it depends on the kind of music how long an album should be. Imagine having a 1,5 hour thrash record? But in most cases I really prefer a length of 50-70 minutes. That's not often too short or too long.

Btw, surprised you only rated this a 7. I expected it to be your cup of tea.
!J.O.O.E.! - 07.05.2014 at 00:06  
Rating: 6
Written by Erik M. on 06.05.2014 at 23:57

True, but to me it depends on the kind of music how long an album should be. Imagine having a 1,5 hour thrash record? But in most cases I really prefer a length of 50-70 minutes. That's not often too short or too long.

Btw, surprised you only rated this a 7. I expected it to be your cup of tea.

I think the record is decent, but there's something about their sound and approach which I don't think justifies the length. Basically I didn't find it varied enough and the tone of the record wasn't exactly what I enjoy. If the songs were shorter I might have scored it higher.

As for long thrash albums, well, if Sabbat can pull off an hour long song of blackened thrash and be totally brilliant at it then anything's possible xD
tea[m]ster - 07.05.2014 at 18:18  
  Had to see what this was about. I like the use of ambient textures and acoustic guitar.
Apothecary - 08.05.2014 at 07:44  
 
Written by Erik M. on 02.05.2014 at 17:58

Quite possibly the most interesting album of 2014, so far. And easily one of the very best.

I'm pretty split between this, Lux Occulta, and the Sunn O))) collab at the moment myself. By the way, methinks this would be a good album for your One Man Metal list, assuming you don't already have any Spectral Lore in there
Erik M. - 09.05.2014 at 02:19  
Rating: 9
Written by Apothecary on 08.05.2014 at 07:44

I'm pretty split between this, Lux Occulta, and the Sunn O))) collab at the moment myself. By the way, methinks this would be a good album for your One Man Metal list, assuming you don't already have any Spectral Lore in there


Dude, I had Sentinel on my list pretty much from the beginning and when I heard this one I immediately replaced Sentinel with III.
Apothecary - 09.05.2014 at 03:40  
 
Written by Erik M. on 09.05.2014 at 02:19

Dude, I had Sentinel on my list pretty much from the beginning and when I heard this one I immediately replaced Sentinel with III.

Really tough for me to say which I prefer at the moment, but I'm currently leaning more towards Sentinel. Might change after a few more listens though.
Erik M. - 15.05.2014 at 00:09  
Rating: 9
Written by Apothecary on 09.05.2014 at 03:40

Really tough for me to say which I prefer at the moment, but I'm currently leaning more towards Sentinel. Might change after a few more listens though.


About Sentinel: if it wasn't for those last 20 (or more) minutes of nothing really happening, then I'd definitely prefer it to III, but right now I still prefer this one to Sentinel.
Fearmeister - 18.05.2014 at 05:16  
Rating: 9
Written by Erik M. on 15.05.2014 at 00:09


About Sentinel: if it wasn't for those last 20 (or more) minutes of nothing really happening, then I'd definitely prefer it to III, but right now I still prefer this one to Sentinel.


You mean the ambient piece? I thought that was pretty good.
Masonics - 18.05.2014 at 12:58  
Rating: 9 I couldn't get into the 2 ambient pieces from sentinel, but even though this is longer, i found this record to be a breeze dispite the length. Maybe shaving 10-15 mins off would have been perfect, but every song has its own special atmosphere. "spiral fountain" imo is their most epic song with a grandeur feel. The spacey start of "cosmic significance" was brilliant. Never felt this drawn in to a BM record like this for a while.
Erik M. - 20.05.2014 at 23:05  
Rating: 9
Written by Fearmeister on 18.05.2014 at 05:16

You mean the ambient piece? I thought that was pretty good.


Yeah, but it's way too long for my tastes. I like ambient parts like that, but not when they're 20-30 minutes long. Everything before that ambient part is really great though.
Erik M. - 20.05.2014 at 23:08  
Rating: 9
Written by Masonics on 18.05.2014 at 12:58

I couldn't get into the 2 ambient pieces from sentinel, but even though this is longer, i found this record to be a breeze dispite the length. Maybe shaving 10-15 mins off would have been perfect, but every song has its own special atmosphere. "spiral fountain" imo is their most epic song with a grandeur feel. The spacey start of "cosmic significance" was brilliant. Never felt this drawn in to a BM record like this for a while.


Yep, totally what I think as well. Almost 90 minutes is a bit too long indeed, though this album still keeps me interested all the way through. I actually love the last 2 songs. The last song has such a great dreamy, spacey atmosphere going on. If it wasn't for those last two songs on Sentinel I would've preferred that one, but now I definitely prefer this one.
Zaphod - 14.08.2014 at 16:10  
Rating: 8 Great album. Long but not unnecessarily so. I don't think there's a lot of filler here. Gonna have to give it a couple more spins though, first impression was really good.

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