Nargaroth, aka the artist formerly known as Kanwulf but nowadays called Ash, has long been known for bringing his raw blend of black metal to us for years. With the release of Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare, we see another glimpse into his soul with a personal-sounding ambient release. This release will not have you bleeding black metal, but will have you surrounded in a dark mist taking a trip with the album’s author.
There have been quite a few really nice ambient metal releases this year already, and I will throw Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare right in that pile with albums that do their job well. The release is as somber as can possibly be and about as atmospheric as any ambient release that I have heard in years. While the musician may not be the most talented out there, the atmosphere set by this piece is second to none.
After the rather long into that is Odinâ€™s weeping for JÃ¶rdh, we are treated to the first actual track, An Indifferent Cold in the Womb of Eve. This slow-moving, somber piece is grueling and painful in atmosphere, but such a pleasure to listen to. The remaining pieces are average at best, but still worth listening to.
For Nargaroth fans, this album is way off the beaten path from what you are used to, but well worth giving it a try.
Nargaroth – Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare Track Listing:
1. Odinâ€™s weeping for JÃ¶rdh 06:41
2. An Indifferent Cold in the Womb of Eve 06:26
3. Diving among the Daughters of the Sea 05:19
4. Odinâ€™s weeping for JÃ¶rdh – Part II 02:08
5. Journey through my Cosmic Cells (The Negation of God) 10:03
6. A Whisper underneath the Bark of old Trees 10:36
7. Spectral Visions of Mental Warfare 10:37
8. March of the Tyrants 06:16