From listening to Terra Nullius, you might think that Spectral Wound could be added to the list of notable black metal bands from Finland, such is the nature of their music. But instead, they hail from Montreal – and so it’s testament to the quality of Terra Nullius that it stands up with the best that the likes of Horna, Sargeist, and Behexen have unleashed upon the world. This is cold, harsh black metal that is all the more cutting for the melodic edge it possesses, full of defiant, blasphemous spirit and power.
Terra Nullius is an exercise in precision and intensity, with the riffs and drumming cutting with frostbitten coldness and a real sense of control. There’s a few discordant moments over the course of the record, but on the whole, Terra Nullius is characterised by the strength of its riffs, and some surprisingly deft drumming. It would be easy for the band to simply relying on blasting and a sense of bludgeoning force, but instead there are some nice twists and subtle aspects to their music that helps give Terra Nullius such staying power and quality. New album Infernal Decadence is due for release next month, and if it’s anywhere near as good as Terra Nullius, then it will be absolutely worth getting excited over.
Terra Nullius is available digitally, on vinyl, and on CD via Bandcamp.