Review: Spectral Apparition - Manifestation (EP) (2016) / From The Bowels Of Perdition

Spectral Apparition

Manifestation (EP)

Being equally outstanding and disturbing on so many different levels, it’s not easy to determine what about Spectral Apparition impresses the most. Is it how comfortable they feel in any given context and how easy they channel every mood or emotion into convincing and genuinely interesting songwriting? Is it how effortlessly and swiftly they shift between different styles, all within a single song? Indeed, all of the above and more. Absolutely nothing about this band feels wrong, too much or out of place.

Voices Call From Beyond The Shroud Of Perception, the track that opens this EP, is a captivating back and forth trade-off between the crushing burst of doom-drenched melancholy, primal death metal heaviness, symphonic black metal eruptions that sound like the finest early Emperor tribute and the most basic, highly contagious thrash riffing. It shouldn’t be easy to convince a seasoned listener that those seemingly incompatible metal idioms look perfectly natural right next to each other, yet Spectral Apparition make them work somehow.

In the same manner, whenever they decide to make a strong point by emphasizing some particular emotion or getting the most value out of some smaller section of music, they miraculously never fall short. That eerie, majestic proclamation at the 3:30 mark of Malignant Shape Of The Other is perhaps the best possible example; if some ultimate destructive force was to announce the end of days, that sinister sequence would be the proper way to do it.

What these Englishmen proffered with Manifestation were only three songs, but with a clear hint of the immense potential that would hopefully blossom into greatness. Given how good this EP is, their eclectic, all-encompassing approach to writing music will undoubtedly make their future endeavors even more remarkable.


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