Acme
To Reduce the Choir to One Soloist


4.5
superb

Review

by god ov dem USER (12 Reviews)
July 6th, 2014 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The missing link.

Ever sit and listen to a band like Converge, or maybe Zao, and just wonder how in the world the sonic blueprint created in 1981 by the legendary Minor Threat morphed into such a cacophonous wall of hardcore aggression? No? Well, I guess I'm alone on that one.

But I'm sure curiosity has struck you at some point in your musical ventures, regarding hardcore's evolution and fusion with metal, and just where it all started getting so goddamn intense. Sure, Integrity brought hardcore and metal together with their monolithic debut, Those Who Fear Tomorrow, and Rorschach took it even further with their additions of dissonance and noise. And you can look as early as 1984 with the band Siege, and the birth of thrashcore. But what about the monstrous vocals, the extreme speed riffing and noisy chaos? All traits so common today. Surely it didn't just happen over night.

Well, it did. Sort of. This is where Acme comes in. A short lived German act from the now-legendary Bremen scene in the early 1990's. Acme were, well, they were angry. Really angry. And they proved it wasn't just a facade. Taking the harsh, noisy hardcore styling of bands like Infest, adding influences from grindcore and metallic hardcore, they brought metalcore to the next level of intensity.

Relentless drumming, savagely sharp and massive riffing, and an absolute beast of a vocalist (dude makes Jacob Bannon sound like a parakeet rather than a pterodactyl by comparison) all contributed to their forward stepping of the genre. Yet, as with all metalcore, they knew how to retain an atmosphere of darkness. Through this, they helped bring metalcore to its final frontier.

To Reduce the Choir to One Soloist is a compilation of everything they produced during their short (but important) career as a hardcore band. And while they may not have had the most prolific career, this release marks a huge stepping stone in metalcore history, and absolutely deserves a spot in any fan's collection.



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demigod!
July 5th 2014


44451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Found a copy of this CD in a store today (didn't expect it at all among the nu-metal, so happy I found it though) and figured it was time I farted out a review for it.

album rips, hard

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YakNips
July 5th 2014


10924 Comments


sweet review, I need to check this for sure

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eternium
July 5th 2014


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best things about 90s hardcore is this little record.

BMDrummer
July 6th 2014


7379 Comments


Shweet review, this sounds interesting

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avonbarksdale221
July 6th 2014


8232 Comments


Oh shit a demi review
Really good work here dude hard pos

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2014


5856 Comments


heyyy a Demigod review!

Great job with this one man, pos'd.

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demigod!
July 6th 2014


44451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks dudes

be sure to check this out, esp if you like converge or metalcore in general

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2014


5856 Comments


will add this to your ever-growing list of metalcore recs :] Still gotta check Integrity's Fear
Tomorrow first though.

demigod!
July 6th 2014


44451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude go do that right now!! seriously, best album ever

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 6th 2014


5856 Comments


lol I know, you must've told me one thousands times by now. For some reason I keep forgetting, but I'll jam it soon, I promise.

fromtheinside
July 6th 2014


18300 Comments


: ( dem

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HenchmanOfSanta
July 6th 2014


1866 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't realize this had no reviews and only 13 ratings. Great shit.

ResidentNihilist
July 6th 2014


1044 Comments


good review demi, don't use dude in a review though it makes it sound like Bill and Ted wrote it.

ResidentNihilist
July 6th 2014


1044 Comments


also check out Systral's compilation of all their early work as well. it's way better than this.

wacknizzle
July 6th 2014


13265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice dude, glad this finally got a review. So goooood

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adr
July 6th 2014


2541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yeah dude this rips

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RiffOClock
July 6th 2014


1049 Comments


don't remember this being too good

demigod!
July 6th 2014


44451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

well it is

first 7 songs at least

Hep Kat
July 6th 2014


15351 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

sucks

demigod!
July 6th 2014


44451 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why



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