Twin Cities metal trio Former Worlds have been on the rise for a bit. They released a buzzed-about debut one-song EP Photos of Eve IX-XVI in 2017, and they've opened hometown gigs for YOB/Bell Witch, Cloud Rat, and others. They're now set to release their first full-length album, Iterations of Time, on January 31 via Init Records (pre-order), and going by lead single "Spectre," it seems like this band is continuing to make good on the promise of that first EP. During its nearly-eight-minute running time, "Spectre" occupies a caustic middle ground between sludge, noise, and a little post-rock/shoegaze that's not easy to pin down. It's very easy to tell how much this band rips, though. Here's what they tell us about the song:

"Spectre" was the final track we had written for the LP. It is composed of layers of distorted and looped basslines, heavy hitting drums, and merciless call-and-response vocals. As the opening track, it sets the tone for the rest of the album. Lyrically, the song explores the hidden nature of heavy stories people carry with them that live and die as secrets.

Listen below. If you're in Minneapolis, you can also catch Former Worlds' album release show on February 1 at Part Wolf, which is their only upcoming date at the moment.

Tracklist
01. Spectre
02. Variations On A Cave
03. Palimpsest
04. Widow Moon