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.
Raw, Raw, Raw production
Bad, bad, bad production
Too many interludes/intros
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?
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.