Fires Reflect In The Eyes Of Satan
Without Faith Or Trust
Resound In An Empty Chapel
Mendonca - Guitar/Vocals
AKERCOCKE: "Antichrist" akercocke
reviews by Matthew Haumschild and Gianrichy Giamboi
preview by Matthew "Newbreed99" Haumschild ___
How many metal bands have used
Antichrist as a song title or album name?
have to admire a band that has the word ďcockĒ in their band name. I
was anxious at first to listen to this band because I heard that they
were controversial and from
I was anxious in anyway to hear what the music sounded
like. Summon The Antichrist
started off with ultra fast drumming and guitar playing with growling so
low that it seemed to me that it was competing with the guitars. Now to
the reader, death metal isnít exactly the first thing I listen to when
I go to my CD rack. About a minute into the song, the band goes
completely in a different direction and plays without distortion and
plays this melodic and dark passage and the singer stops sounding like a
pissed off cookie monster and sings with this evil yet melodic voice
that just sounds brilliant. But before I knew it, it went back to the
fast and the furious.
Axiom was a bit
different from the track before it. It starts off with acoustic guitars
and that evil melodic singing from the first track. However, the unusual
part about this part of the song, were the drums. During this nice,
dark, melodic singing and guitar work, were these ultra fast drums. It
almost seemed unnecessary; I will say however that it is original. 30
seconds later, the distortion kicks in knocks out the rest of the song.
Itís a pretty good track.
Not all the tracks
sound like the two above. My
Apterous Angel starts out with this dark guitar sound that sounds
like someone is entering hell. The funny part about this track is that
is has crows ďcawingĒ sounds in it, which I donít hear very often
in anyoneís songs. Also, it showcases the singerís ability to be
diverse with his singing, he sings dark, melodic then cookie monster all
in the same song. The guitar work is really good in this song not to
mention the drums do not sound as monotonous as they do in other songs.
Itís not a terribly fast song. Another thing I like is that I could
hear the bass guitar, and heís actually soloing throughout the song,
which is very unusual for metal. This song is the most diverse on the
album, itís dark, itís slow, itís fast in other parts, thereís
intricate guitar parts, bass parts, technical singing, you name it,
itís in this song. Itís quite amazing actually.
There were other tracks too on the CD that acted like interludes
to the other tracks. The best comparison I have is that Sepultura did
the same thing in Dante XXI. Tracks like, The
Promise and Distant Fires Reflect In The
Eyes Of Satan are the best ones on the CD. Very dark and very
actual recording quality could have been better. The guitars sounded
muddy at times however and the drums werenít loud enough and not in my
face. I couldnít hear or feel the depth of the drums as well as I have
on other CDís that were recorded digitally. About the only things I
really liked quality wise, the guitars and the bass were mixed to
perfection. I could hear them both! And the singing was mixed well too.
If you love Death Metal, I say buy it.
review by Gianrichy "Richy" Giamboi ___
simultaneous harmony and sickness.
the last line up changing (bassplayer Peter Theobalds leaving the band)
there could be some doubts about the quality of the coming album, as
there are only two members of the original line up left in the band. But
after listening to ď AntichristĒ I can say, that every question
remaining has been wiped away.
a one minute intro, the band starts in its most furious way, smashing a
super brutal blast part that kills everything and everyone on its way.
As through the whole album, there are many melodic intermezzos that give
the possibility to calm down a while and take breath for the next
furious ultimate acoustic destruction. In my opinion these little jewels
of simultaneous harmony and sickness give to the record the last bit of
quality needed to make people speak of a really first class record. To
some the compositions may give a rather chaotic impression, but
honestly, after listening a few times the structures of the songs become
more and more logic and natural. And after all Akercocke would not be
Akercocke without that bit of musical insanity that characterizes this
very original and sadly underestimated band. ďAntichristĒ has the
potential to become one of these few albums that remain timeless after
that one has get used to it. There has been given a huge depth to the
compositions and the unconventional constructions and melodies create a
big variety of different atmospheres that go together hand in hand,
taking the listener to a journey of chaos, melancholy, rage and destructive
insanity. In my eyes one of the best soundtracks to attend the lecture
of Lovecrafts cthulhu myths.
production is, in my opinion, the best one that Akercocke has been able
to do until now. The difficulty, as in the most harder metal
productions, is to make the whole sound powerful and in the same time
enough transparent in order to give to every single instrument its own
status. I can say, that the goal has easily been reached giving in the
same time strength and clarity that are needed to enjoy easily every
nuance without the need to put to much concentration in the decoding of
the single parts.
I had the possibility to wish alive package with the enclosure of Akercocke,
I would chose to let them play together with Melechesh, Behemoth, Nile
and Morbid Angel. This would be for me one of the best packages ever
the conclusion, I only can recommend everyone who likes the named bands,
perhaps with the addition of Opeth to give Akercockes ďAntichristĒ a
little chance, they really deserve it! The best album from these
brothers of chaos until now!
Gianrichy Giamboi - 01.09. 2007
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