Anacrusis
Hindsight Vol 2: Reason Revisited


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
May 6th, 2010 | 43 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anacrusis reappear after more than fifteen years of silence with the re-recording of their second album, Reason. Hindsight: Reason Revisited improves on all of the areas that needed work and otherwise stays faithful to the original songs.

Almost everyone that loves music probably has a story about discovering a band, buying all of their music, doing everything possible to learn about their history and then watch as they go and ***ing break up. It’s even worse when that band seemed to be onto something that really grabbed your attention – something that made it seem as if their best material might still be ahead of them. I’ve read comments on this very site from people that felt that way about bands such as Cynic and At the Gates, but my personal tale involves the technical thrash band Anacrusis. They caught my attention with their final album, Screams & Whispers because I had never heard anything like it. The vocalist was one of the most versatile thrash singers that I had ever heard. I also loved the fact that the bass was clearly audible and an integral part of the music. Eventually I acquired their entire discography and I couldn’t wait for their fifth album – and then they ***ing broke up.

Before they did, though, they released four albums that steadily moved towards a perfect balance of technicality and thrash metal. Reason was the band’s sophomore album and the first to really display the talent and direction that would only be improved upon for the rest of their career. It was an album that began the band’s infatuation with heavy, technical riffs combined with a strong sense of melody and plenty of transitions. Reason also benefited from the fact that the bass guitar wasn’t buried under a wall of distortion. Instead, it was given a fat tone that helped it to cut through the riffs and become a vital (and independent) part of the music – and what music it was. The band seemed to enjoy establishing a tempo just long enough to tear it apart with quick outbursts of speed and aggression that would eventually return to the main motif or possibly even something mellower. The band’s main asset, though, was probably always the vocals of Kenn Nardi. To this day, he has to have one of the most unique voices in thrash metal. His main vocal delivery was a coarse shout that could easily slip into clean singing. This style was accentuated by high pitched shrieks and deep growls. The thing that made that style so unique (especially for the early nineties) was that he was able to use all of those styles with ease, which added an extra dynamic to the musical transitions.

Hindsight Vol. 2: Reason Revisited carries all of those positive aspects over, but gives them a much needed facelift that also includes some minor adjustments. The most noticeable thing that the re-recording accomplishes is to bring the album’s sound in line with the band’s final two albums. The muddy production of the original has been replaced with the same clear, razor-sharp tone that the later albums employed (and probably actually surpasses their sound). It has introduced a separation between the instruments that just wasn’t there on the original and has lead to an increased clarity of individual performances. Also, the performances actually seem to be tighter now than they were on the original, although that could be an illusion created by the enhanced sound. The minor adjustments that were mentioned earlier are just that – minor. The most noticeable of those adjustments is that some of the old guitar solos have been replaced with new improved versions. Other than that, a vocal may be sang at a slightly different tempo or a scream may be held for less time than the original, but only the most hardcore fans will probably notice.

After more than fifteen years of silence Anacrusis is finally showing signs of life again. While Hindsight: Reason Revisited isn’t exactly new material, it is still worth getting even for those that already have the original. The sound has been improved on in almost every way; the vocals are stronger, the performances are tighter, and they’re clearly audible. For those worried about the band messing with the fundamental formula of the original tracks, rest assured that they’ve stayed very true to the originals. Even if you’re a fan from way back and are perfectly happy with the original recordings, I’d suggest getting this just so the band knows that the fans are still out there… maybe it will even convince them to start writing album number five.



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Willie
Moderator
May 6th 2010


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

To stream three songs from the album:
http://sputnikmusic.com/blog/?p=1528

To compare the original version of "Stop Me" with the re-recording:
http://sputnikmusic.com/blog/?p=160

To get all four original albums for free (defintely get the last two):
http://anacrusis.us/media%20files/MP3/Albums/Albums.html

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Mordecai.
May 6th 2010


8278 Comments


fuck yeah

vanderb0b
May 6th 2010


3473 Comments


Sounds cool. I love the originals, so I'll probably get this sooner or later.

CushMG15
May 6th 2010


1802 Comments


You speak much truth in the first couple sentances. Boysetsfire was like that for me. Good review, I'll be checking this out as I've been in a thrashy mood of late.

Willie
Moderator
May 6th 2010


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check that last link in my first comment and start with Screams & Whispers and work backwards.

I've never heard Boysetsfire, but apparently they're already gone.

WatchItExplode
May 6th 2010


3243 Comments


right on, you turned me on to these guys trey and i've been looking forward to this

bloozclooz
May 6th 2010


1770 Comments


wait, so this is in line with boysetsfire soundwise?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2010


20857 Comments


Trey, it's like you just write reviews after I write one. Stop stalking me.

First sentence of last paragraph needs fixing.

Willie
Moderator
May 6th 2010


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ha ha, I actually wanted to have this done yesterday but had too much other shit going on. That wasn't just a little typo... that was blatant proof that I stopped proof-reading before the final paragraph, damn.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2010


16388 Comments


Band is awesome.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2010


31161 Comments


wait, so this is in line with boysetsfire soundwise?

I've never heard this band, but I doubt it. I'd say the comparison was made because a lot of people got into Boysetsfire just as they broke up

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Willie
Moderator
May 6th 2010


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, the only similarity is a lot of people apparently got into boysetsfire and then they broke up. This is technical thrash that was originally recorded in the early nineties.

Deviant go here and click on the song "Sound the Alarm" (it's under the Screams and Whispers album): http://anacrusis.us/media%20files/MP3/Albums/Albums.html

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2010


31161 Comments


Okay, that's really really good

Rhino
May 6th 2010


71 Comments


Good review Trey, I haven't heard alot of the original of this album, but if the songwriting is on par with Screams & Whispers and
the performance and production has been improved, it's a must-get.

Edit: It's good to see their website back up. It was gone for a couple years, but had a great self-written history of the band that
gave good insight into why they called it a day. I see they have a History page back up now, it's worth reading.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2010


31161 Comments


It almost seems like Testament meets Tool, that might not be the most accurate comparison though

Willie
Moderator
May 6th 2010


15969 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wouldn't say the songwriting for this/Reason is on par with Screams & Whispers. They were just finding their sound on this album (Reason). The performance and sound are definitely on par, though.

Testament meets Tool isn't the worst description I've ever seen for these guys. You should check out the whole album (Manic Impressions is my personal favorite album, though).

Edit: I've read that history a few times, actually.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 6th 2010


31161 Comments



Testament meets Tool isn't the worst description I've ever seen for these guys.

Just kinda the vibe I got from that one track, I will investigate further. And probably in the process realise how wrong that comparison will be

Dev518
May 7th 2010


573 Comments


Thank you for introducing me to these guys. Good review too.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2010


31161 Comments


Deviant1769

Dev518

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
May 7th 2010


6098 Comments


I'm currently listening to their last two albums...

Criminally underrated band.

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