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Acheron
Rebirth: Metamorphosing Into Godhood
Type: CD
Company: Black Lotus
Release: 2004
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Axeman
Published: 12/14/2004
Works musically but lost me fast with pretty unimaginative lyrics
Back are the old-time satanic preachers for another sermon about biblical lies, devilish powers and other assorted tales of blasphemy. Acheron have been around for many years and have undergone numerous line-up changes but that has never stopped them from creating some hard-hitting death metal. I liken the sound of this release to what Unleashed and Entombed are doing lately as the disc has that old-school gritty tone and heavy, head-bobbing delivery. A sleek, crisp sounding production would have killed the mood, so they were smart on that count. A useless intro and even more useless closing tune/noise weren't such great ideas. I'm sure there's some deep, dark reason for that echoed, fork scraping against a glass sound they call "The 9'th Gate" but fellas...no one will EVER listen to it...so why bother? I find Acheron interesting as they don't rely on overly brutal arrangements like most genuine satanic bands do. The addition of some spaced-out soloing and female background vocals helps keep this disc from falling into the bottomless pit of the overly-mundane. This is probably as catchy and straight forward as devil metal can get. Good in that the message doesn't get lost in a barrage of extreme insanity but bad in that the music reveals all it has to offer very quickly.


Bottom Line: Their simplistic approach actually works musically but lost me fast with pretty unimaginative lyrics.
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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