Album Review: Spectral Lore — “Ετερόφωτος”

Ετερόφωτος is part of a category of words that I personally adore that have deep, profound meaning but no direct translation from Greek into English.  Literally meaning “Different light,” the closest approximation is “one whose light comes from others,” and it is this concept that Ayloss, aka Spectral Lore, seeks to explore on a very long-awaited full-length release.  Not only does this album explore deep philosophical concepts, it also continues the running build-up in Ayloss’ releases that lay out a full-on personal manifesto for radical self-discovery and fighting back against the entrenched powers that seek to hold us in our place.

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Album Review: Mystras — “Castles Conquered and Reclaimed”

Mystras - Castles Conquered and Reclaimed

It’s been a pretty stellar year for the musician known as Ayloss, aka Spectral Lore, aka Mystras.  As if the monumental split he put out with Mare Cognitum from earlier this year wasn’t good enough, he returns with a new project, a new concept and even more inspired ideas, courtesy of medieval history and its surprising parallels to modern times.  Castles Conquered and Reclaimed is both a love letter to a time long ago and a call to action against the current state of affairs, all wrapped up in soaring melodies, nasty riffs and furious beats. Continue reading

Album Review: Spectral Lore & Mare Cognitum — “Wanderers: The Astrology of the Nine”

Spectral Lore and Mare Cognitum - Wanderers: Astrology of the Nine

Do you like black metal? Concept albums? Sprawling epics created by musicians dedicated to their craft? What about space and the cosmos? Did you spend a period of your life obsessed with Holst’s The Planets? Ever thought that what The Planets needed was a complete re-imagining driven by all of the above? Well then, Mare Cognitum & Spectral Lore have got you covered with Wanderers: The Astrology of the Nine.

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