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SPECTRAL - NEURAL CORRELATES OF HATE - LOUD RAGE MUSIC  
The Romanians have been around for over a decade but Neural Correlates Of Hate is a debut full-length. Artificial Storage opens this up, the first and early reaction provoked is the technical sounding guitar work. The listener could fear that this is one of the albums that is overly technical with the stop-starts and breaks that ruin a flow. The fear doesn't fully materialize and by the second, nearly nine-minute long, song Ashes To Dust there is a distinct Testimony Of The Ancients era Pestilence influence. Perhaps a progressive death metal description is correct. It is surely more than a coincidence that Spectral's former drummer, Septimiu Harsan, is a member of the said Dutch outfit since 2016. Ciprian Martin showcases his talents as the technical songs move along with varying degrees of aggression, brutality and pace without too many disruptions as to render these nine annoying and more an exercise in showing off fast moving fingers guitar skills than actual songs. Andrei Calmuc provides his brand of death metal vocals, not in any way unusual and basic screams and growls do well and an absence of clean singing is welcome in 2018. A song called Nihilist is also welcome for 2018's world, this happens to be the third song. Empathy is again also - and perhaps ironically after welcoming nihilism - welcome in these times, the title of the fourth song. The title track is three minutes of heavy, fast and technical metal. Hallucinatory Authorization goes back to a long eight minutes length and satisfies in heavy and technical levels equally. Hatred is short and to the point. Divided We Fall is one that nudges the listener to have a look at Spectral's lyrics and the words are interesting as well. Into The Further closes with a something resembling a message of hope with 'And clarity replaces fear and illusion'. – Anna Tergel




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