Akercocke
Rape of The Bastard Nazerene


4.5
superb

Review

by Jondur USER (1 Reviews)
January 24th, 2005 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Named after the evil capuchin monkey given to Faust by Mephistopheles in Robert Nye's "Faust", Akercocke burst onto the UK underground scene with this ferocious debut.

This remains the only demo CD to be made "Album of the Month" in Terrorizer, and rightly so. Akercocke had already gained a huge following through their savage live performances in which, the band would appear dressed in sharp black, undertakers suits. This obviously made the band stand out from the ten million Cannibal Angel and Morbid Corpse clones doing the rounds.

ROTBN did not dissapoint. For the first time in some years there was a slightly different take on death metal. The roots of the sound were the same (Death and Possessed mainly) but this CD had a sinister, almost slinky feeling to it. Although crushingly brutal, the riffs creeped their way into your subconscious and vocalist (and quite frankly mentalist) Jason Mendonca spewed forth blasphemy ina nalmost sexual manner. Speaking of sex, there's a lot of it in here, witness especially in songs such as Marguirite and Grethcen (the songs are all based around the seven succubi).

Special mention should also go to drummer, who not only is the lyricist for the band, also adds a lot of feel to the music with beats that are not truly metal in the traditional sense. There are a LOT of blasts but then there are some almost mechanical beats and a lot of syncopation.

So there you have it - the most important british debut since "Principle of Evil Made Flesh" and a band that were worth the hype.

Pros:

Originality
Vocals
Brutal Riffs
Excellent Drumming
Raw, Raw, Raw production

Cons:

Bad, bad, bad production
Too many interludes/intros


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LordDargon
January 24th 2005


165 Comments


Death metal? I always thought these guys were black. Well I've never heard them anyways, so I guess I'll have to check them out.

ps. good working fighting "the power" ;)

Bukowski
January 25th 2005


45 Comments


Regardless, this band suck

superpeer
January 25th 2005


257 Comments


Nice review there, Jondur. Sounds interesting.

Shadows
Moderator
January 25th 2005


2530 Comments


The new Marduk EP was considered offensive, but this was allowed to stay? :mad: Oh well, good review. It really sounds black metal, though, so I'll check it out.

/me likes you for mentioning The Principle of Evil Made Flesh

94_Hours
August 30th 2005


73 Comments


extremely poor quality, tons of double bass, tons of raw screaming, and consistently heavy, what more could you ask for?

Jawaharal
December 18th 2005


1832 Comments


what a lame album name

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 5th 2006


4405 Comments


This is far too short and scarce with detail. I really wouldn't know whether or not to buy this based on your review.This Message Edited On 06.05.06

Jondur
September 22nd 2006


92 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sorry for late reply to Bron's comments. Well, by mx's currently in vogue method of reviewing, it is a short review. Maybe I should go into song by song detail saying "Starts with a 23 and a half second sample, guitars then start followed by drums and bass at a mid tempo etc etc etc".

It's actually a hard album to review. On an objective level all Akercocke have done is rehash Death and Possessed riffs with bad production, but on a subjective and therefore emotional level it feels much more than that.

I'll make it simple for you:

1) Do you care for production?
2) Do you like Possessed?
3) Do you like your death metal dressed up in sex and satanism?


If 1)=no and 2) and 3) = yes then get this album.



Tarantino's Tarantulas
May 26th 2007


819 Comments


I've only heard Hell off this but it's awesome (except the lead guitar tone for the solo at the end is too thin).

TheHamburgerman
June 14th 2008


1297 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Up until now I've only listened a few tracks. Hell is teh awesomeness, but the other tracks are by far not the same quality as Choronzon and Words/Deeds tracks.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
January 29th 2012


1896 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The album itself seems incomplete and scattered, thanks to the interludes ranging from nine seconds to a full minute, but when akercocke actually show their talent on here, it certainly does stick in one's memory. 'Hell' and 'Justine' are incredible, even if the production is so bloody raw.



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