Anagnorisis
Overton Trees


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brandon Scott USER (101 Reviews)
January 19th, 2010 | 19 replies | 6,130 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

While many fans of the extreme metal genre have to come to recognize Austin Lunn as the leading light of black metal titan Panopticon, there remains a certain mysterious air surrounding the Kentucky-based native in regards to his prior endeavors. While he will always be known for Panopticon first and foremost, Mr.Lunn was also involved at one point in time, with blackened progressive death metal band Anagnorisis. Formed in 2003, Anagnorisis released their 2007 debut album Overton Trees a clear display of the groups own unique brand of blackened death metal that leaves even some of the most successful purveyors of the genre, left staring in the dust.

Sonically, Anagnorisis combines more the progressively influenced death metal genre with the bleak, unrelenting black metal genre. Take for instance opening song "Birth of the Pariah", which starts in true black metal fashion, with blast-beats and cold, atmospheric tremolo picked guitar. Soon however, the song is filled with chugging death metal riffs, and deep pinch harmonics. "Virulence" is also a good example of this combination, containing both melancholic atmospheric background keyboards, as well as some death metal styled harmonized octave chords. Partially in what makes Overton Trees a great album is how the band will sometimes creatively layer black metal parts under or over death metal parts so both are playing at once. One such example would be final track "To Sleep" which cleverly places a death metal lead, over dissonant black metal chords. Despite its many fierce moments however, Overton Trees does feature it's own fair share of melody. Songs like title track "Overton Trees" or "The Weakness" contain beautiful harmonies, weaving in and out amongst the chaos.

To say each member of Anagnorisis is technically adept would be a huge understatement; every instrumentalists displays a high level of musicianship that would easily fit in the with most complex of bands. Lead singer Austin Lunn displays throughout the album a guttural death metal type approach to his vocals, very much akin to the vocal style of Opeth main man Mikael Akerfeldt. Also, on tracks the tracks "Overton Trees" and "The Weakness", Mr. Lunn shows off his superb clean vocals, which also seem quite influenced by Mikael Ã…kerfeldt. On the guitar front, Lunn and bandmate Zak Denham absolutely shred, with plenty of moments on the album showing scorching solos and technical riffs. Drummer, Adam Pierce goes all out on this album, with warp speed blast beats playing some sections, along with some great, progressive influenced drumming. Keyboardist Samuel Hartman provides the record with atmosphere, greatly enhancing many of the songs with his subtle, yet effective playing.

Although Lunn has since left Anagnorisis, Overton Tree remains a fantastic release not only due to his contributions, but contributions from each sole member of the group. With this great release Anagnorisis has plenty to build upon, and even with the departure of a founding member, Overton Trees proves that the band still has a bright future ahead of them.



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TheSpirit
January 19th 2010



16669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really great release. I had some mental blocks with this review, but i still think it turned out pretty good, hope everyone enjoys!

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jingledeath
January 19th 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review man, will definitely look into this.

Dryden
January 19th 2010



12820 Comments


sweet

Zoo
January 19th 2010



3759 Comments


I prefer their ep to this but it's still pretty solid. Another sick review as well.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2010



17380 Comments


Great album. Great review as well. This is what Opeth would sound like if they didn't suck.

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TheSpirit
January 19th 2010



16669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks all!

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2010



5923 Comments


Nice review.

I'm not much of a Black metal guy, but I love Opeth... should I still check this out?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
January 19th 2010



16027 Comments


Well guess where I'm gonna go get this album

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TheSpirit
January 19th 2010



16669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@GnarlyShillelagh- Yes, if you're an Opeth fan, this is definitely for you.

@Crysis- i have no idea haha


rasputin
January 19th 2010



14504 Comments


this isn't anywhere near as good as panopticon

Wizard
January 19th 2010



18793 Comments


every instrumentalists displays

Reads funny.

Nice review. Certainly going to get this.

this isn't anywhere near as good as panopticon

Now I'm confused. rasputin, grace me with your wisdom.

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Zoo
January 19th 2010



3759 Comments


I would agree that Panopticon is a better project, albeit a bit different.

TheSpirit
January 19th 2010



16669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, they are really two completely different beasts tbh.

Wizard
January 19th 2010



18793 Comments


Awaiting the rasp....

rasputin
January 19th 2010



14504 Comments


yeah they're not comparable musically, but this isn't actually that good, that's the point i was making. it has some nice ideas but for the most part it was insubstantial. that's just me though, you might like it Karl.

jingledeath
January 22nd 2010



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is pretty good. 3.5 for now but I might bump the rating if it grows on me.

TheSpirit
April 19th 2011



16669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I still enjoy this album more than I should.

TheSpirit
December 8th 2011



16669 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

still great

Hawks
December 13th 2011



33363 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this is really good. Got it after you played a few songs in turntable last night Brandon.



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