|Review: Skeletal Spectre - Voodoo Dawn|
Label: Pulverised Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: September 2, 2015
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
Well, Skeletal Spectre are gone, but before they left they kicked some ass. Before this album the band was a rather unique combination of pummeling Death Metal riffs and smooth, Doom-laden female singing. Vocalist Vanessa Nocera always had a fearsome bellow, but she mostly sang clean. Not here, on this album her dominant approach is harsh, and the crooning only pops up in very few places. This is also less doomy, and is pretty much straight-up Entombed-style Death Metal from the word go. You get fistfuls of gut-punch riffs with a guitar tone straight off of Clandestine and double-kick drums providing constant pummeling. The songwriting on here is not up to Entombed in their prime, but certainly better than the crap they have cooked up since. This is as solid a slab of modern Swedish Death Metal as you are likely to find.
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