Spectral Lore - III



8.1 | 54 votes |
Release date: 2 May 2014
Style: Atmospheric black metal, Dark ambient

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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

Line-up
Ayloss - all instruments, vocals

Additional info
Artwork by Benjamin Vierling.

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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09.05.2014 - 02:19
Rating: 9
Erik M.
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.
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09.05.2014 - 03:40
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
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.
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So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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15.05.2014 - 00:09
Rating: 9
Erik M.
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.
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18.05.2014 - 05:16
Fearmeister
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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.
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18.05.2014 - 12:58
Rating: 9
Masonics
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.
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20.05.2014 - 23:05
Rating: 9
Erik M.
Written by Guest 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.
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20.05.2014 - 23:08
Rating: 9
Erik M.
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.
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14.08.2014 - 16:10
Rating: 7
Zaph
The Nothingth
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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03.11.2014 - 21:53
Rating: 9
Erik M.
Written by Zaph on 14.08.2014 at 16:10

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.


It's impressive how I still enjoy the hell out of this album quite a few (10-15 or so) spins. Loads of variety in this album's sound and basically everything sounds fantastic, from straight BM riffs to spacey ambient passages. It all flows together perfectly.

Probably my #1 album of this year, or at least top 3.
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03.11.2014 - 23:13
Rating: 7
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by Erik M. on 03.11.2014 at 21:53

Written by Zaph on 14.08.2014 at 16:10

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.


It's impressive how I still enjoy the hell out of this album quite a few (10-15 or so) spins. Loads of variety in this album's sound and basically everything sounds fantastic, from straight BM riffs to spacey ambient passages. It all flows together perfectly.

Probably my #1 album of this year, or at least top 3.

At the first few listens I agreed with you, but now the length does annoy me a bit (not much at all, it just doesn't make me want to listen to it a lot). I still stand by what I said though; there's no filler, but it's still long. In any case it's one of this year's finest albums.
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15.12.2014 - 07:15
Joe Zombie
I just can't think of anything negative about this album. Its fantastic all the way through the journey. What an incredible piece of work.
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03.01.2015 - 03:51
Sznc
The last track is good, the rest is just pointless meandering.
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08.02.2015 - 08:23
Rating: 7
M C Vice
Ex-polydactyl
I don't think much of the 1st half of the album, 2nd is really good, though.
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26.03.2015 - 14:23
Rating: 10
Bardusk
Wow! Truly beautiful album. It is creative and inspiring. Almost none of the melodies are repeated, the tracks flow changing during the whole time but with a smooth and natural sense.
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