|Review: Skeletal Spectre - Occult Spawned Premonitions|
|Occult Spawned Premonitions|
Label: Razorback Records
Year released: 2011
Review online: December 7, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Occult Spawned Premonitions
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Second album from this rather unique Swedish band, who are finding ways to combine Death Metal with the the retro-wave of female-fronted Doom. It's really kind of surprising nobody thought of this before, as Sweden is home to both a festering Death Metal scene and is also the epicenter of Doom Metal. Skeletal Spectre combine a brutal guitar sound with groovy riffs and mix smooth female singing in with the harsh gargling. That description makes it sound gimmicky, but the riffs on here are propulsive and catchy, never falling into the trap of just playing slow. Skeletal Spectre seem to have grasped that in order to play slow, you need riffs that are more interesting, not less. This isn't a perfect disc, and some of the songs wear out their welcome by going on way too long, but overall this is a dirty, evil, heavy good time.
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