“Eroded Corridors of Unbeing”

By El Chief

Fuzz opens the first studio full-length for doom/death metal wizards Spectral Voice. It's low and slow, like an ocean wave building to the shore. When that wave finally breaks more than two minutes into "Thresholds Beyond," it's no longer something calm and natural. The Denver-based band lets fly a tidal wave of destruction. An assault of down-tuned guitars and ferocious drums.

The album is perfectly timed for Halloween. But it's not in the vein of those cheesy K-tel compilations filled with cheap special effects. "Eroded Corridors of Unbeing" is a legitimate haunted house of an album. The vocals alternate between broods and shrieks, like a poltergeist cycling between distress and despair. If you dare, listen to this work late at night in a completely darkened room and with your mind luxuriating in the chemical of your choice. In fact, this beast of an effort would've fit well as a soundtrack for "Blade Runner 2049," if that film's producers would've wanted to deviate from paying homage to the synth-laden work of Vangelis.

I'll be playing "Eroded Corridors of Unbeing" for a long, long time.