Acrimonious
Eleven Dragons


3.8
excellent

Review

by Voivod STAFF
August 15th, 2017 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Stirring the ancient waters.

Aside from their devotion in lighting (sic) tracts of black metal previously unexplored or presently forgotten, the other attribute that characterizes Hellenes Acrimonious is their openly declared, next-to-zero level of interaction with metal media outlets, digital or hardcopy. They posit that interview discourse of matters such as the implemented gear, the occurrence of unusual/funny facts during the recording sessions etc., is to null avail in terms of how their art should be communicated. People can only go so far as agree or disagree with the band’s mode of introversion.

Truth is though, that metal fans into black metal, can mostly benefit from the output of this band. Purulence, their debut album, aptly reenacted the early ‘90s black metal surge, further adorning it with melancholic/nostalgic melodies, and discrete death metal infusions. With follow-up affair Sunyata, band "opened" its sound to various influences, but “a sense of unfinished business” lurked in several turns of the album. It is currently unclear what kept Acrimonious so long from issuing a new album, however it is certain that Eleven Dragons has come to expand and/or remedy the artistic disposition of both its predecessors.

The album’s lyrical content is an aptly sung, pious incantation to the left hand path. In need of a direct link to legacy work, Cain Letifer’s vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Aldrahn’s work in Kronet Til Konge, a real treat for the author of this review. With its turn, music is prone to deviations with respect to any alleged black metal doctrine. This is evident throughout in the album’s texture, which at first comes off as a bit quaint, only for accumulated listens to reveal that the exact opposite applies. The readily perceived, recursive nature of the bass lines in the tumultuous beginnings of “The Northern Portal”, or the guitar leads in “Satariel’s Grail” (one of the album highlights), are solid contentions among many homologous perks.

“Satariel’s Grail” revisited, it is black metal in its core, yet it offers a rejoicing passover to classic heavy metal midway, with pockets of progressive rock looming on and off instantly. But the prevailing “impurity” in Eleven Dragons is death metal (a factor somewhat idle in Sanyata), which here is more blatantly pronounced than in Purulence, and along with the gravitational pull of nostalgic/bitter melodies (“Elder of the Nashiym”), they lend themselves to some really enchanting arrangements. The album’s unintended progressive descent can be also encountered within the swirling setting of the rhythm guitars. Their master appears to be super busy at the fret board, though it’s not only standard tremolo picking to blame, it’s also the treaded strides in making his digits resonate with the maniacal riff signatures (for example in “Incineration Initiator”).

Acrimonious have returned with an important album, one that builds on the experimentation of its direct predecessor, while commemorating what the debut album had on offer. On a wider scale, Eleven Dragons is yet another strong instance in a string of black metal releases from outfits (Hellenic or from abroad) that have sprung during the last decade.



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 15th 2017


7572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Album stream: http://wtcproductions.bandcamp.com/album/eleven-dragons





Constructive criticism is most welcome.

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brainmelter
August 15th 2017


4409 Comments


nice write up, sounds dope

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BlackwaterPork
August 15th 2017


1062 Comments


You have me wanting to check this out.

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Maco097
August 16th 2017


2430 Comments


Last one was enjoyable Watain worship, hopefully they improved.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2017


7572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

Thanks for your comments guys.



I'm not into Watain's music, which probably explains why Sanyata didn't enthuse me as much as I would like to. Songs in that album although energetic and spiteful, feel like they could use more work arrangement/melody-wise.



Eleven Dragons has the said work embedded within, whereas it feels more associated to Purulence than to its immediate predecessor.

cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
August 16th 2017


1779 Comments


Wrote a review for this myself a while back but never left draft stage. Fantastic album. Killer review.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 16th 2017


7572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

^^Fantastic album indeed, although the rating average sort of underrates it.

Gmork89
August 16th 2017


7319 Comments


Really like your review, just starting listening to this and I like it so far.

Hawks
August 16th 2017


51024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna check this tonight.

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Hawks
August 16th 2017


51024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah this rips hard, borderline 4.5.

parksungjoon
August 17th 2017


5308 Comments


if its anything like dodheimsgard then yea i bet its good

ZippaThaRippa
August 17th 2017


10210 Comments


Oh man I forgot all about this for months now. Satariel's Grail is awesome

Hawks
August 18th 2017


51024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is nothing like Dodheimsgard tbh.

Essence
August 18th 2017


5817 Comments


i've read your first sentence like a dozen times and can't make sense of it

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2017


7572 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8 | Sound Off

^^I edited a bit, should read better imho

Hellscythe
August 18th 2017


2064 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

shiiit this sounds awesome, gotta check

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Hellscythe
August 18th 2017


2064 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this rules

Evokaphile
August 23rd 2017


5374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gotta peep this asap

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Hawks
August 24th 2017


51024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah get on it bro you'll def dig.

Hawks
August 27th 2017


51024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is soooooo good.



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