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Akercocke
Words That Go Unspoken…
Type: CD
Company: Earache
Release: 2005
Genre: Death
Reviewer: Axeman
Published: 1/2/2006
Extreme metal that is not of the norm
I'm drawn to extreme metal that is not of the norm. Music that pulls you in and takes you on a journey. The latest release from Akercocke is a perfect example of such music...combining elements from many styles, this band has created a masterpiece of flowing schizophrenia. What you get here is melodic passages woven together with death metal brutality in a way that doesn't sound forced or over the top. It's more and more things you hear while spinning this disc that will leave you spellbound. Middle-Eastern twinges, sudden super-shredding guitars, haunting chord structures, twisted thrash riffing, even keyboards thrown in for good measure. Brutal, symphonic, emotional and evil all in one breath. While this is one of the most diverse albums I've played in a while it's also one of the most focused. Think RUSH or old KINGS X gone death metal and you might get an idea of the brilliance behind this release. Pushing the boundaries is a refreshing change and "Words That Go Unspoken" has succeeded in every aspect.
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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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AntichristAkercocke
2008
David Loveless5/30/2009
Words That Go Unspoken…Akercocke
2005
Axeman1/2/2006


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