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Akercocke
Antichrist

Company: Earache Records
Release: 2008
Genre: Extreme
Reviewer: Grim Gaijin

  • An extremely destructive force in the extreme metal scene



  • Akercocke is a band that I've subconsciously overlooked until now. Given the chance to review their latest album, Antichrist, I jumped right on it to see for myself what they hype was all about. After listening to the album (uninterrupted) from start to finish, the only thing that came to my mind was, "how come I never gave Akercocke a chance?" Antichrist totally blew me away - and still does every day that I listen to it. I immediately downloaded (legally) their back catalog and was completely impressed with each album, especially their ability to take their sound even further each time. Antichrist sort of sums up their previous four albums and adds dimensions you never thought you would ever hear on a death metal album.

    The song "Axiom" features blast beats over acoustic guitars and clean vocals with a bridge section that Mike Patton and the rest of Faith No More would be proud of. The song "The Dark Inside" could be their most dynamic track to date. In just under 7 minutes they manage to squeeze in a little bit of Death Metal, Black Metal, Pop Rock, and electronic. Don't fear, it isn't cheesy at all, as all the parts are interwoven to sound like a natural transition. The song "My Apterous Angel" is another stand-out track with a bold acoustic intro and clean vocals, ultimately leading to some brutal death metal with a mix of death and black metal vocals. "Footsteps Resound In An Empty Chapel" throws in a little grindcore - with guitars at blazing speeds and relentless blast beats, before changing to a ripping death metal riff via a short black metal section. The album ends with "Epode" - a short acoustic track that is reminiscent of Damnation-era Opeth. Although not mentioned in this review, the remaining tracks on this album are incredible!

    Akercocke are a stellar band that everyone should check out. Although the band name may not stand out and their "suit and tie" image may be misleading, Akercocke is an extremely destructive force in the extreme metal scene. Pick this album up now and enjoy one of the best metal experiences ever.


    About this Writer:
    David Loveless // Dave's early introduction to Metal was listening to records by Black Sabbath and Kiss. Discovering Metallica's Master of Puppets on record at the local public library turned his world upside down. After spending nearly 24 years in Japan and expanding his love for the International underground metal scene, Dave (and family) now resides in the US. The savage brutality of Extreme Metal brings out the "Grim Gaijin" in him.

    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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    2008
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