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Friday, 6 February 2015

Bast - Spectres Album Review




Bast is a black metal/doom trio who like to experiment and their debut album, "Spectres" fully embraces this; the album has been re-released and repressed on vinyl marking a busy year ahead for the band..

Opening song, "In The Beginning" is an atmospheric suspenseful largely instrumental number, but eventually is complimented by distant resonant screams, leaving a very gloomy presence in it's wake...

"Denizens" contains powerful menacing screams which grab your attention, along with the crushing dark backdrop. This possesses clever tempo changes and progression with characteristic moody breakdowns to pound your ears further! 

Title track, "Spectres" is faster paced than previous offerings, with ever demonic vocals, which are accompanied by instruments which take you on a journey of dark adventure and sense of story telling within the strong instrumental sections.

Interestingly titled, "Psychonauts" which is the longest song but remains intriguing and intelligible throughout, especially with the tension building start, which progresses wonderfully in this deep thought provoking instrumental track, where they decide to let the music speak for itself!

Closing song, "Outside The Circles Of Time" opens on a mellow note and holds a reflective mood, as well as keeping things diverse, showing off the bands composition skills more so with well thought out structures, and striking soaring screams which aid the dark tones perfectly.

Some death/doom metal can be hard to connect with or appreciate, but Bast have created a meaningful distant sombre sound, comprised of cleverly constructed atmospheric and experimental tones, making it easier to access than other acts within genre, especially with their creative story telling flair and exploration of sounds!



GUITAR / VOX: Craig Bryant
DRUMS: Jon Lee
BASS: Gavin Thomas 

http://bastmusic.bandcamp.com/album/spectres-demo
https://www.facebook.com/Bastmusic

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