Akercocke
Antichrist


4.0
excellent

Review

by Necropsy USER (1 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2007 | 26 replies | 11,143 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The British satanists have returned and brought the wrath of the Antichrist with them

Few fans thought that Akercocke could live up to previous albums after the departure of bassist Peter Theobalds leaving drummer David Gray and guitarist/vocalist Jason Mendonca as the sole original members. Those fans can rest assured as 'Antichrist' is another jewel in Akercoke's sublime satanic crown.

1. Black Messiah 2/5

A bit of a pointless fuzzy, run of the mill death metal intro but funny if you play it backwards, trust me

2. Summon The Antichrist 5/5

When you here the opening riff from this song you know that this is where the album starts. It's akin to having your head hit repeatedly with a hammer. The song then breaks into a clean vocal section where it's announced that Satan has entered the human race which a bit strange for Akercocke as they usually seem to have the 'explicit' lyrics growled and the inoffensive lyrics sung cleanly. Anyway, after the clean section, the song goes headfirst into a blasting marathon until the end of the track which will leave your neck aching.

3. Axiom 4/5

The track starts off with a nice acoustic part where Jason Mendonca sings over with some nice lyrical images (to me anyway) such as;
"Once the blood dries on the contract
All debts must be paid
Once the blood dries on the contract
You can never go back"
The track then gets heavier and heavier until the break when a nice reverb tinged solo comes and goes courtesy of Mr.Wilcock. The track then becomes heavy again and ends with the first part of the spoken section heard earlier on in the track which was
"I believe that when I die I shall rot
and nothing of my ego shall survive" which was quoted from Bertrand Russell who was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician and advocate for social reform. Akercoke are obviously delving a little deeper lyrically here.


4. The Promise 3.5/5

This song mainly consists of guitar feedback which Jason Mendonca speaks over. The track is an interlude of sorts but I personally prefer Akercocke instrumental interludes such as 'Prince Of The North'. This track is one of the more atmospheric tracks on the cd which would probably appeal to black metal fans. The song has some of my favourite Akercocke lyrics on it and they would certainly appeal to fans of Cradle Of Filth's lyrics

5. My Apterous Angel 5/5

This is what Akercocke really excel at. Hevy songs with a dark, gothic atmosphere laced with equal amounts of brutality and beauty. The song starts off with a quiet a quiet arpeggiated riff which then goes into a nice muted riff. Then crow samples are played along with a sitar sounding instrument, enhancing the doomy atmosphere. The song then slowly builds up and then gets heavier and faster from 1:30 on before a break where the guitars go back and forth playing nice clean parts. The song then gets faster once again until it breaks into a nice chugging riff at the end which the solos are played over. Definitely one of the best tracks on the album

6. Distant Fires Reflect In The Eyes Of Satan 4/5

This mostly instrumental track is the type of interlude which Akercocke really excel at. It brings to mind tracks like 'Prince Of The North' from Choronzon. It starts with a nice string section before it goes percussive with digereedoos and sitars and all sorts of other instuments are played over. There is then some tribal chanting before another percussion section enters with a horn sounding in the background. Very 'war march' sounding

7. Man Without Faith Or Trust 5/5

Probably the fastest song from the album. It starts with a riff which Jason Mendonca claims is played at over 300 bpm. The drums in this tracks really make your head explode with the sheer speed of them. Mr.Gray really outdoes himself here. The song does break down into a cleaner section as expected but it only lasts for the 3 lines that are spoken before getting heavier again. The music then gets heavy again but Mendonca doesn't grunt or shriek. He uses his new found primal yell which works very well on this song and on the whole album. A shreddy guitar solo then rips through the speakers which signals the end of the song

8. Dark Inside 5/5

This is going to be a dividing song among fans. It starts off as a usual Akercocke song. A mid-paced riff with Jason Menonca's deeper than thou death grunts over it. But then, a clean section enters with a guitar riff that could sit nicely on an Abba song. Then, when you think they've lost all of their kvltness they add in a techno section which works to astoundingly good effect. The song is then made heavier with a nice mid-paced meaty riff. The song then gets faster and stays that way until the end of the song where the poppy is repeated. Some of the fans may view this song as a horrible experiment gone wrong but, to me, this is the type of song that Akercocke have been striving to write since 'Words'

9. Footsteps Resound In An Empty Chapel 4/5

Another fast, heavy song in the vein of 'Man Without Faith Or Trust'. It begins quicky with Mendonca urging us to 'Deny the Father and the Son' in his new primal yelling. He then quicky switches to his black metal shriek and then to his death grunts. It's amazing he hasn't ripped his vocal chords to pieces yet. Towars the end of the song you have an extra clean guitar playing over the heavy riff which always reminds me of somthing off At The Gates 'Slaughter Of The Soul'. The clean guitar quickly makes way for a solo after which the song ends.

10. Epode 4/5

A suprise acoustic track at the end of the album. Will definitely jolt you out of your headbanging frenzy after the previous track. There is a string section played behind it which gives a great orchestrated effect. However, it loses a mark because of the cheesy lyrics. An acoustic love ballad to Satan, come on lads, you can do better than that. But then again, deah metal isn't renowned for it's subtlety with regards to Satanism

The version of the cd I have comes with 2 bonus tracks which are covers of Morbid Angel's 'Chapel Of Ghouls' and Death's 'Leprosy'. The only fault on Chapel Of Ghouls is that the solo doesn't have enough delay! However, no matter how much I try, the cover of 'Leprosy' does nothing for me. It's note perfect but ruined by Mendonca's vocals unfortunately.

All in all, this is a great album which lives up to Akercocke's infallable back catalogue. It contains the heavy/clean dynamics we've come to expect but it doesn't re-tread over previous ground. Mr.Mendonca has added yet another weapon to his vocal arsenal with his yelling style which works to great effect on 'Antichrist' They still haven't hit their peak yet but when they do, it's guaranteed to be devastating!


user ratings (148)
Chart.
3.8
excellent
other reviews of this album
Eric E. Smith (5)
Unquestionably going to be considered a classic death metal group in the future, much the same way ...

Kalle J. (4)
Akercocke's latest outing expands upon their Satanic beliefs. Highly oriented around imagery, this a...


Comments:Add a Comment 
Necropsy
July 3rd 2007


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Comment on it. I need the mods approval or something before it gets submitted

kalkal50
July 3rd 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh that's why I didn't see it. Your track summaries are very short, try to make them longer, or avoid track-by-tracks. Your format is a bit too stiff and there is not much detail.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2007


2675 Comments


Good intro and conclusion for what's there, but your track-by-track analysis needs a lot of work. You have to be pretty specific if you elect to go that route; writing blanket statements that are vague at best won't give readers unfamiliar with the artist any idea as to what the album sounds like. Add a little more meat to your descriptions and I'd be glad to put this through.

kalkal50
July 4th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think most of what you said is all true, I just think you need to formulate your thoughts. You would do much better with an overall review.
How can you not like The Promise, its such a killer track?

Necropsy
July 4th 2007


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks for the feedback. I've never tried a track by track review before so I decided to try it and see how it turned out. I could beef it up a little bit. Can I edit it or do I write a new one and then delete this one?

Tarantino's Tarantulas
July 4th 2007


819 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree with you to a degree on the Leprosy cover - I enjoy it and the vocals but the vocals make it seem more repetitive than the original.

kalkal50
July 4th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I think you should start over.

Jom
Staff Reviewer
July 4th 2007


2675 Comments


You can edit this review through your User CP, but perhaps having a blank slate will do you some good... completely up to you, though.

Necropsy
July 4th 2007


16 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I used the same intro and conclusion but started from scratch with the other parts. Much happier with it now

kalkal50
July 8th 2007


2386 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's an okay review. Its good for a track-by-track and for a novice reviewer. This Message Edited On 07.09.07

Hawks
April 20th 2008


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I have this and Choronzon from Akercocke and i would probably say this is better.

Digging: Engraved - Before The Tales

Jim
July 9th 2008


5110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well this is quite good. there is some seriously intense stuff here.

TheSyncopath
November 3rd 2008


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love the muddy, grimy atmosphere this album has.

AtavanHalen
November 3rd 2008


17927 Comments


Epode and Axiom are the band's best work.

Argamocrypt
December 22nd 2008


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I thought Epode was a bit weird and out of place to be honest, and this isn't exactly a "straight-up" kind of album.

BallsToTheWall
October 10th 2009


44300 Comments


Epode is ballin. The instrumentals too are badass. Good album overall.

Digging: Tiamat - Clouds

TheHamburgerman
December 30th 2009


1289 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Epode sucks, Lex Tallionis is the acoustic shizznicks. Also, the electronic effect on The Dark Inside is pure bliss.

BallsToTheWall
December 30th 2009


44300 Comments


A ballad to Satan. I mean whats more ingenious than that?

TBliss
July 2nd 2010


987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

SUMMON THE MASTER!

Album rules.

FadeToBlack
July 2nd 2010


10926 Comments


never listened to this band idk why



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy