05 February, 2013

Full Album Stream: Spektr: Cypher – new album


Mysterious Frenchmen SPEKTR (see, no link) have willeth their new album, ‘Cypher’, to appear in Europe today, February 5th, 2013, on Agonia Records. On February 19th, 2013, the album will reappear in North America. And then, SPEKTR will disappear again into the ambient industrial black metal abyss. But ‘Cypher’ will remain. Here, in Agonia Records shop:
“SPEKTR returns wrenched from the hermetic silence of Initiated Temples. The Ectoplasm ‘Cypher’ thus stands as the Stone-Principle emerging out of Philosophal fumes - the transcended transcription of the most sealed occultism on audio format. SPEKTR commits, Agonia endorses – I’ll be right there in the afterlife - and we ain’t going nowhere:”

French gentlemen kl.K. (occasionally also known as Krig) and Hth apparently formed SPEKTR in the year of 2000 in Paris, France. Their debut 2004's LP, ‘Et Fugit Intera Fugit Irreparabile Tempus’, oftentimes mistakenly referred to as ‘No Longer Human Senses’, reportedly “took virtually every one in the scene by surprise…”
“… prompting those good folks at Aquarius Records in San Francisco to laud it the “weirdest black metal record ever”. While there are heavy distorted guitars, frantically pummeled drums, and utterly unfathomable vocals, this is simply one mode of attack for the duo. Long noise drones, found sounds, radio transmissions, etc., are equal parts,” [wrote Thom Jurek – more here]
SPEKTR's next experiment came in 2006 through Candlelight Records; packaged with “a video playable on the computer that further “illustrated” the band's trademark insanity”, ‘Near Death Experience’ was highly recommended (“if you have the stomach”) by the same Thom Jurek, AllMusic:
“This is experimental music where ambience and sound sculpture play equal roles - there is nothing remotely settling or pleasant about this sound. It’s pure black. Everything is woven together in fuzzy high-end shimmering glasslike sound. Buzzes and glitches, bells, found voices, film soundtrack dialogue - all of them are stuck into the black hole and are vomited out in swathes of something approaching black metal, but somehow both more and less metal. If you think of CIRCLE OF OUROBORUS meeting ‘Stormcrowfleet’ [1995's album by SKEPTICISM] and ANAAL NATHRAKH of ‘The Codex Necro’ [2006's album], you get the beginning of the picture that is this wonder slab of creepy-crawly messed-up sickness. Toss in the early BURZUM or EMPEROR and mix with sheer strangeness and lots of despair, and you have a winner,” [he more or less deciphered the sound – read the rest here]
In 2007, the mysterious duo returned with mini-album 'Mescalyne':
"Wickedly warped and contorted, 'Mescalyne' is one of those perverse pleasures capable of unsettling your mind whilst simultaneously enriching your spirit," [had managed to make me laugh again whoever's responsible for writing this things for Debemur Morti Productions which issued the beast] A heaving hybrid of raw black metal and harsh industrial ambience pulls the listener into a deep vortex of swirling energies where all is one and one is all. Somehow the creators bind disparate sounds seamlessly to deliver a unique, atypical work of stringent, structured obscurity:"

SPEKTR features: kl.K. - drums, vocals, samples and programming and Hth - guitars, bass, vocals, samples and programming

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