Australian hard & heavy rockers Spectre stream their highly anticipated new EP, Drifter, at the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal (NWOTHM) YouTube channel. Set for international release on February 25th via Dying Victims Productions on 7” vinyl format, hear Spectre‘s Drifter in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Spectre is the sterling heavy metal vison of Will Spectre. Formed in 2017, the band made its recorded debut that summer with the two-song Silver Invaders / Stand Alone single on the cult Heavy Chains label, which Dying Victims released on 7” vinyl later that year. Spectre’s primary influences are heavy metal and hard rock of the late ’70s and early ‘80s, and they continued that streak with the Hard Attacks digital single in 2018.
Now back with Dying Victims, Spectre return with another short-yet-satisfying recording in the two-song Drifter. On this record, Will Spectre is joined by his heavy friends Jake Glas (Outcast/Teuton) on vocals and David Harrington-George (The Wizar’d/Tarot) on bass. Indeed, as the cover slyly nods to cult Japanese psychedelia surely known to the most devout trainspotters, so, too, do Spectre here sprinkle spices from Will Spectre’s other musical conjurings – namely, The Wizar’d, Tarot, Dracula, and Crypt Vapor. What results on the title track “Drifter” and its flipside “The Black Jewel” is pure vintage bathos and pathos, the hard rocking moodier and more mysterious yet also more immediate and, somehow, disarmingly human in its naked bravado. The A-side gets the chest thumping and fists shaking, while the B-side is a haunting vision in velvet: simple, sure, but also sublime. What dream singles are made of!
Hear all of it for yourself exclusively HERE, courtesy of the NWOTHM YouTube channel. Aforementioned cover art and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Spectre (Australia)’s Drifter
2. The Black Jewel