Spectral Dance are a solo project from Canada that has bene featured before in this zine and on this recording plays a very atmospheric, depressive and raw form of black metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "Standing Bloodied And Victorious" which was released by Wolfmond Production.
Synths start off the album before going into more of a heavier and melodic musical direction while all of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them. Vocals are mostly high pitched yet depressive black metal screams and at times the music also gets very atmospheric sounding.
Most of the music sticks to either a slow or mid tempo direction while the tremolo picking also gives the songs more of a raw feeling when it is utilized. When guitar leads are utilized briefly they are also done in a very melodic style along with the vocals also bringing in more of a grim and semi melodic tone on one of the tracks and as the album progresses a brief use of spoken word parts can also be heard and some of the songs are also very long and epic in length, clear chants are also utilized briefly on the closing song.
On this recording Spectral Dance goes for more of a slow and mid tempo style of depressive black metal as well as having its raw and atmospheric moments. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover darkness and depression themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Spectral Dance and if you are a fan of atmospheric, depressive and raw black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Standing Bloodied And Victorious" and "Cries From The Dungeon". 8 out of 10.