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Spektr are an industrial/ambient black metal band hailing from France, and fans of the genre will likely be unsuprised to learn that their 2006 full-lenght 'Near Death Experience' borrows heavily from the style of Blut Aus Nord, or at least tries to, incorporating freezing cold black-metal blasts in the vein of old Mayhem/Dark Funeral along with passages of dissonant and euphoric riffs played at half-speed, lurching, chugging industrial grooves and clattering drums, as well as plenty of industrial ambience thrown in for good measure.
There are frequent bursts of static, samples of children talking backwards, eerie howls, rasping screamed vocals, cavernous metallic vibrations and the tricking of water, with the twisted melodies of Blut Aus Nord and Xasthur being merged with quite, almost silent interludes and passages of eerie lounge music and laid back drums that feels like something out of The Shining, whislt at times the songs break down into nothing more than pure dystopian ambient noise.
UNfortunately hwoever, whilst reasonably vaired and competently put together, doing a good job of conjuring up a headspace in which convergent realities are crashing into one another a la Hellraiser/Event Horizon, there is nothing on 'Near Death Experience' that fans of the likes of Blut Aus Nord, Reverence, Axis of Perdition, early Anaal Nathrakh and other such bands that mix black metal with horror-ambience wont have heard before. Decent as background music, but with nothing spectacular or particularly original on offer.
1. The Violent Stink Of Twitching Terror 08:15
2. Astral Descent 04:10
3. Climax 03:46
4. Phantom Reality 09:35
5. Visualization 02:51
6. Whatever The Case May Be 06:02
7. Disturbing Signal 01:55
8. Unio Mystica 03:06
Total playing time 47:16
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Violent Stink Of Twitching Terror
2 Astral Decent
4 Phantom Reality
6 Whatever The Case May Be
7 Disturbing Signal
8 Union Mystica
9 His Mind Ravaged His Memory Shattered
10 Near Death Experience (The Screen Method)