Anacrusis
Reason


3.5
great

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
October 7th, 2007 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anacrusis break from the thrash mold by adding more technicality to the music, as well as introducing a lot of moody elements to it and the lyrics, courtesy of their new found influence by The Cure.

Anacrusis was one of the few criminally overlooked bands that started in the late 80’s thrash scene. On their first album it was no surprise that they were overlooked because despite a few unique elements, there really wasn’t much to differentiate them from a lot of their peers, but on their second album, Reason, all that would change. Only two albums into their career and Anacrusis had developed a sound and style to the point where they were basically in a class of their own. Gone were the messy thrash riffs and doom/gloom lyrics of the last album. Replacing these things were technical, yet thrashy riffs, progressive arrangements, and lyrics that were deep and thoughtful.

On this album Anacrusis got a much-improved production over their last album. The guitars come at you like a wall of sound when thrashy, and clean and clear when there is no call for distortion. The drum sound has also improved immensely with the double bass sounding clear and full, and each symbol crash is noticeably audible, overall making them sound very powerful and in your face. As in the last album, the bass is also still audible and carries an even deeper bottom end then before, which is rare for a thrash album. One complaint that people have leveled against this production, though, is that it sounded a little muddy. The band explained that they derived their sound for this album because they were listening to a lot of Disintegration by The Cure and it inspired a lot of the moodiness within the songs, as well as the production. Overall, I can hear the muddy sound they’re referring to, but it doesn’t detract from the music at all.

A great sounding album doesn’t mean anything, though, if the music sucks; fortunately that’s not the case. This album starts with one of my favorite songs of any of their albums, “Stop Me”. This song starts with a heavy riff and moves seamlessly into a mellow part with Ken’s vocals doing something a lot of thrash bands never do; they’re showing emotion, mainly due to their new influence from Robert Smith of The Cure. The song continues to go back and forth between heavy and soft, but with the drummer keeping up the heaviness even during the slow parts due to his creative playing and use of the double bass. Throughout the song we’re treated to Ken’s thrash vocals, his black metal vocals, and his new, more emotional clean vocals. About half way through a squealing guitar solo comes in, ending when Ken comes back in singing some of his most sorrowful, yet powerful parts of the song. The song ends with Ken yelling, “What’s wrong with me” over and over again. From there, almost as if trying to prove that they haven’t let their new influence mellow them out, comes the song “Terrified” which is quite possibly one of the heaviest songs they’ve ever done. Double bass, a thrashy riff, a screeching guitar melody (if you want to call it a melody) and Ken’s black metal sounding shriek get this song started immediately and it never lets up.

The same could be said about the album as a whole, through out the entire thing it never lets up. Whether busting some funk sounding bass playing on “Not Forgotten” or thrashing through a song such as “Misshapen Intent” it just doesn’t let up. Literally, through out this entire album, you’ll experience some very solid technical thrash played in a way that most have never heard before. The arrangements keep each song from sounding even remotely similar, and Ken’s vocal style, which ranges across almost the entire vocal spectrum, never allows you to really know what’s coming next. You add to that some very good and inventive drumming, plenty of heaviness and aggression and you’ve got an album that is enjoyable from, pretty much, start to finish. The reason I say “pretty much” is because the closing song is kind of boring due to a chorus which sounds out of place, as well as the overall slow pace of the song. Another thing worth noting is that, even though all the other songs are good, it’s hard to get through the entire album sometimes, due to the hour-long length and the oppressive nature of the songs, but that may just be me.

I’d recommend this album to anyone who likes their thrash music played heavy and technical with lyrics that break from the stereotypical subjects long associated with it. Fortunately, I can also recommend this album (all their albums, actually) to anyone that is into heavy music and simply willing to take the time to download the songs, and try something new. What I mean is that their entire catalog is out of print, so the band were cool enough to make all their albums available for free high quality download on their official website. There nothing to sign, nowhere you have to input an e-mail, you just download their songs. The direct link is:

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

I don’t usually do song recommendations, but as these are available for download legally, I’ll make a few.

Recommended Songs:
  • Stop Me
  • Terrified
  • Misshapen Intent




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
October 7th 2007


16053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

So, that finishes off their discography. If anyone takes the time to check it out I'd be
interested to hear what you think.

In case you didn't actually read the review, all their music is free on their official
website (it says you need one of two MP3 players, but any will work):

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

BallsToTheWall
October 7th 2007


44713 Comments


Great review. I love Screams and Whispers. Kinda melodic for a thrash band, i'll be checkin this.

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Willie
Moderator
October 7th 2007


16053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Cool... let me know what you think... also if you've only downloaded Screams & Whispers, you should get Manic Impressions... that's my favorite one, but also the hardest one to take in (don't waste your time on the remixed version, it sounds horrible).This Message Edited On 10.07.07

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 7th 2007


3742 Comments


I'm downloading Manic Impressions now, I just thought Screams and Whispers was alright. I'll be getting this sometime soon too.

good review too, i voted.

Willie
Moderator
October 7th 2007


16053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Cool, let me know what you think of it (there's a review for that album, so it might be better posted there then here though).

Thanks for the voting too...

joshuatree
Emeritus
October 7th 2007


3742 Comments


manic impressions, so far was better than screams and whispers, but i ended up switching to opeth midway anyway.

im not so sure if im getting this, but hell, it is free.

Willie
Moderator
October 7th 2007


16053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Yeah, Manic Impressions is the better album I think, but only for those that don't mind a little challenge in their music... otherwise it's probably this or Screams and Whispers...

ha ha, yes, "free" is a good price, especially when it's legally free.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 25th 2012


21104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This rules.

Willie
Moderator
March 25th 2012


16053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Yes! These guys rock.

ThrashTillDeath94
May 26th 2012


600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album seems more thrash oriented in parts, yet more calm and emotional at times... It seems as if the band were trying figure out what sound was right for them. Regardless, its still a nice album.

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Willie
Moderator
May 26th 2012


16053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

The singer said that this album was influenced by The Cure's 'Disintigration' album.

facupm
November 27th 2012


8148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

havent heard this album, but i really dont like album art

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
November 27th 2012


21104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules, just ignore the album art.

Willie
Moderator
November 27th 2012


16053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Yeah, the art was low-budget 80s style all the way but doesn't reflect the album's quality at all.

ThrashTillDeath94
November 27th 2012


600 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

No not at all. This is a fine album. Much better than their debut.

Willie
Moderator
December 12th 2012


16053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

That's the European version of the album cover. In their history, they talk about how the US label messed up the art.

http://www.anacrusis.us/

KILL
February 5th 2013


71981 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

terrified is the best fuckin song ever made

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facupm
June 27th 2013


8148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

terrified rules hard agreed

CaptainDooRight
November 24th 2013


30025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not forgotten rips

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facupm
February 17th 2014


8148 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude this rules and this cover is much better than the old one



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