Eddie Lascu 26-Dec-2008 Dreamland

Without any doubt, symphonic power-metal is one of the most prolific genre in contemporary music. With Europe virtually overwhelmed by the sheer number of such bands, it seems almost unremarkable when a North American act releases an album in the same vein.

Hailing from Connecticut, Spectre is a trio comprised of drums, guitars and keyboards. Trying to find that original niche yet to be filled, the band has an undeniable unique sound. Behind the pyrotechnics of ace-guitarist Todd Rose, Spectre plays a raw power metal with a hefty touch of ADHD. There are a lot of things going on at the same time on this album, the listener often feels a need for decomposition. Multiple complicated arrangements segueing relentlessly from one to another will have you reach for the Advil in no time. This is high-octane metal, melted to the core – to be taken in small doses and only under the direct supervision of a sober adult.

All three instrumentalists are top shelf. In addition to the afore mentioned Todd Rose, the band also includes Brain “Weapon” Smith (drums/songwriter/producer) and Bob Sundgren (keyboards/vocals/songwriter). The album has 9 songs, none shorter than 5 minutes. It is really hard to pick highlights because all of them are pretty darn consistent and cohesive. The only complain I would have to make for this double shot of adrenaline is the exaggerated electronic alteration of the vocals. I think the artists aimed for this surreal, unearthly feeling of the voice, but the experiment backfired.

I sense a lot of potential in Spectre and I hope they will continue to polish their work and put the tremendous skill they poses into a new release pretty soon.

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