Akercocke
Renaissance in Extremis


4.5
superb

Review

by Lord of Pork USER (11 Reviews)
August 25th, 2017 | 162 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Akercocke mature significantly with this stellar release.

Akercocke have always been a band to grab attention, and not much has changed in that aspect. Whether it is with their eccentrically dark lyrical themes or simply exceptional musicianship, they prove to stand out. Yet, they seem to have dropped one of those aberrant characteristics with this release, that being the lyrical themes. However, this is the same Akercocke that split up after the release of 'Antichrist', and that fact is absolutely glorious.

Immediately, the record signifies the fact that the band has not strayed askew from their signature blend of Black Metal and Death Metal with Progressive Rock influences. Polar opposites in beauty and abhorrence collide and intertwine in a masterful fashion, which truly is something to behold. Spectacularly melodic guitar solos regularly ease their way into the sheer chaos crafted by the band, giving the sensation of simultaneously being soothed and crushed. These harsher Blackened Death Metal sections assuredly subjugate the first half of the album, whilst the more Progressive Rock influenced tone dominates the latter.

One particular strongpoint of the album is of usual fashion for the band, that being the vocal performance. A trademark assortment of deep growls, mid-ranged growls and clean vocals are peppered rather evenly throughout the duration of the record, producing a true sense of variety. It is without question that this facet assures the listener is not rendered stultified by the lack of diversity, and is instead somewhat kept on their toes, whilst listening for the next curveball to be thrown their way.

As previously mentioned, this album is split into two differing sections. The first, more abrasive section of the record poses as the more captivating, as it displays more variety. Blast beats are often morphed into more mid paced beats in a matter of seconds, while being polished with melodic guitar riffs and clean singing. The second section does carry this assortment of techincal aspects, but does not utilise them as much, and proves to be of a more linear structure. Whilst this predominantly softer section is an eminently enjoyable listen, it is just not as gripping as the more infernal display.

From this, comes an ultimately outstanding performance that truly showcases this band's plethora of skill, which has thankfully not dissipated over the time they remained inactive. However, If that second section was more variable in its sound, then this album could have been much greater, which is a veritable shame. So, whilst 'Renaissance in Extremis' does not prove to be a monumental release, it is still of a toweringly high quality and proves to be another brilliantly crafted release in the discography of Akercocke, which will please fans of old and new.



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BallsToTheWall
August 25th 2017


48085 Comments


Sweet!

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Dinosaur
August 25th 2017


1021 Comments


wut. where did this come from?

BlackwaterPork
August 25th 2017


1069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It was announced in about June I think

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Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2017


17283 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love their little side band, Voices, but I've never checked these guys out. Now that they're back together, I guess I should. How does it compare to Voices musically?

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BlackwaterPork
August 25th 2017


1069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Earlier the band was more raw and all about satanism and sex. But now they are quite similar to Voices, only being more proggy and having large emphasis on the mellow sections.

BlackwaterPork
August 25th 2017


1069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I also want to add that the lyrical themes are loss and despair, in case anyone was wondering. I guess this album is a lot more relatable than their past efforts in that respect.

ComeToDaddy
August 25th 2017


1593 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sweet rev, stoked to see these guys are back together. Hard pos m/

hortanz
August 25th 2017


732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this is how you do a comeback album



they still retain their extremeness but bring in some calmness that hasn't been there before. I think them aging really helped a lot. I think it's their most cohesive, it's my favorite of what they've done

Hawks
August 26th 2017


51024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

This is an insta-5 for me tbh, best band ever. Def on par with Words That Go Unspoken and that says a lot.

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BlackwaterPork
August 26th 2017


1069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad people are enjoying the new album, it's definitely a contender for best record by the band.

Hawks
August 26th 2017


51024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

All of their albums are 4.5-5 for me except the debut which is still a strong 3.5 at the lowest.

BlackwaterPork
August 26th 2017


1069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah most albums are a 4.5 for me, Words That Go Unspoken would probably be a 5 though.

Hawks
August 26th 2017


51024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Words That Go Unspoken is one of my fav albums of all time.

BlackwaterPork
August 26th 2017


1069 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Same here, best blackened death metal record of all time.

Hawks
August 26th 2017


51024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

m/ m/ m/ m/ m/

evilford
August 26th 2017


40532 Comments


Whoa

Hawks
August 26th 2017


51024 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

m/ m/ m/ m/ m/ [2]

evilford
August 26th 2017


40532 Comments


Haha sweet

necropig
August 26th 2017


2859 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah this kills

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cryptologous
Contributing Reviewer
August 26th 2017


1779 Comments


Fucking love these guys, used to have a playlist that was just Words That Go Unspoken, and Extol's Undeceived. Would jam that playlist daily. This album rules too, great review.



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