Anacrusis
Suffering Hour


2.5
average

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
July 19th, 2007 | 17 replies


Release Date: 1988 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Raw thrash metal with very subtle progressive tendencies. The first album from a band that would progress in leaps and bounds over their four-album career.

Anacrusis was criminally overlooked during the brief time that they were around. They started out as a second-tier thrash group with some progressive influences and ended as a ground breaking band in a class all their own. Even though their debut album is sometimes raw and unfocused, it also displays subtle hints about the future of their music.

The first thing to bring up is that this album is very raw sounding, as it was recorded on a low budget and very quickly in 1987. It's not so raw that you can't hear individual instruments, it just doesn't have much punch. Mostly the raw sound comes from the slightly muddy guitar sound, a slightly dull kick drum, and a little too much echo on some of the vocals; although unlike a lot of thrash bands, you can actually hear the bass. Basically, the production is not nearly so horrible that that the album is unlistenable, its just that it is very raw.

Musically on this album Anacrusis plays thrash typical of the era. For a point of reference think of the technicality and melodies of the first few Testament CD’s coupled with the speed, recklessness, and aggression of early Slayer. Even though this album is fairly typical of the music of the era, they still did enough differently to make them stand from the crowd. Some of the uniqueness comes from the occasional progressive tendencies that they would end up utilizing much more in future albums. Occasionally there will be a quick break or some off-time drumming or riffs slightly more technical than your average thrash band, as well as a few mellower parts.

The most unique thing about this album and this band is their vocalist, Ken Nardi. His vocals range from a low-register growl all the way to high-pitched screams more associated with black metal (although this is years before black metal became famous). He can go from a thrashy-growl to clean singing to a high-pitched black metal shriek, sometimes all within a few seconds. Therein lies another small issue with this album, Ken’s vocals. As this was their first album he was still developing his vocal style; learning when to use the different vocal sounds and how often. Due to this fact, sometimes the vocals come off as jarring, unsettling and almost schizophrenic as there seems to be no rhyme or reason to when his vocals change. Also his clean singing still had a way to go before he got it completely right on their third album, Manic Impressions. In reality his vocals are a small issue because they’re still good and very unique; it’s mainly just a comparison to subsequent releases that you notice the improvements that could be made on his early vocals.

Basically this album is for those that miss the raw thrash of the early 80’s, as well as for people that want to see where Anacrusis started. Anyone that takes the time to listen to this will find an album that might sometimes be a little raw or unfocused, but it also does enough right to make up for youthful ignorance.

Recommended Songs:
  • R.O.T.
  • A World to Gain
  • Frigid Bitch




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south_of_heaven 11
July 19th 2007


5438 Comments


Good review, might be interested in this band too.

711
July 19th 2007


1341 Comments


I like the cover.

Willie
Moderator
July 19th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Its likely you would be if you're into the old school thrash... I'll repost the links again
when the site comes back up.

The albums are all out of print so the band has made them available for free on their
official site (at least try "Manic Impressions" and "Screams and Whispers":

http://anacrusis.us/media%20files/MP3/Albums/Albums.html

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

south_of_heaven 11
July 19th 2007


5438 Comments


Cool, thanks man :thumb:

Dethtrasher
July 19th 2007


2211 Comments


Wow, this sounds very interesting. Great review!

kalkal50
July 19th 2007


2386 Comments


Wow, this sounds very interesting. Great review!
But he gave it a 2.5, unless that was sarcasm. :P

FR33L0RD
July 19th 2007


1466 Comments


Indeed....an other band on the To_Listen list

Willie
Moderator
July 19th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

But he gave it a 2.5, unless that was sarcasm. :P


2.5 being average though.... its not bad, and it has some very good and unique elements... I was playing with whether to give it a 3 or a 2.5 and went with 2.5 (average) because the music is fairly average for thrash of that time, and the vocals are definitely their own entity but not yet to the point where it makes a huge difference on the rating (like they do on future albums). Really it would be like a 2.8 but we don't have that option ;)

Willie
Moderator
September 13th 2007


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The links for all the High Quality Mp3's from the artist's web site are working
again for all four albums... so they're downloadable if you like the album or
streamable if you're just curious... nothing to fill out, just click the album and
then the song.

http://anacrusis.us/media%20files/MP3/Albums/Albums.html

Recommended Songs from this album:

- R.O.T.
- A World to Gain
- Frigid Bitch
This Message Edited On 06.19.08

BoovTheAlmighty
September 6th 2009


21 Comments


Really cool news if anyone has heard, Anacrusis are in the studio currently re-recording this album as well as Reason. I just got into the band today and am loving what I hear! Exact same line-up as well from the albums! Can't wait to hear it redone with much better quality.

Willie
Moderator
September 9th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Where did you hear/read this?

Exact same line-up as well from the albums!
They've had three drummers over four albums....

BoovTheAlmighty
September 15th 2009


21 Comments


Sorry, like I said I just got into the band. It's on their official website: http://anacrusis.us/anac_updates.html

You can have a look at their rehearsal diary for the last couple of months.

Willie
Moderator
September 15th 2009


16149 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Right on. I'd definitely buy re-recorded versions of those albums.

ViperAces
February 15th 2013


12504 Comments


this is pretty great actually

ViperAces
February 15th 2013


12504 Comments


"Really it would be like a 2.8 but we don't have that option ;)"
oh but do we

VanSchuldiner
March 28th 2013


659 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is great album not average at all ugggggggggggggggh

facupm
September 26th 2014


8607 Comments


this is good actually



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