I created my moniker out of a weird obsession with Akercocke. A close friend and I would muse over the lyrical and conceptual themes from Goat of Mendes, watch videos of the band being interviewed by Irish religious nuts, and generally make long-winded jokes over Jason Mendonca’s LinkedIn profile and his love for tweed and sophisticated exhibitionism. Beneath this was a love for the eclectic and unique extreme music that Akercocke crafted. Personally, their more progressive and experimental later releases stuck with me the most. In 2007 the London-based band disbanded, leaving behind an incredible discography. Now they’re back, ten years later, with their sixth album: Renaissance in Extremis. Mendonca and co. have discarded their tweed suits in favor of turtle necks and smart caps, discarded long curly hair and twisty mustaches for serious buzz cuts and stubble, and completely discarded – most shockingly – their sophisticated Satanism in favor of a more human focus on the harsh realities of day-to-day existence.  What does this mean for the band? Have they sold out? Is this Akercocke’s St. Anger?

Renaissance In Extremis ramps up the experimental tendencies of Antichrist tenfold. It’s still extreme and certainly still Akercocke, yet their sound is channeled down vastly different avenues. It’s an eclectic melting pot of everything with a few ingredients standing out and showboating with typical panache and pomp. Technical thrash permeates the album, as do heavy doses of prog-rock, virtuouso guitar playing, and electronic gothica. Is it focused on one thing? No. Is it sloppy? Certainly not. Somehow Akercocke manage to integrate these elements with excellence.

Opener “Disappear” is a strong example of these merging features. The frilly licks and hyper-speed riffing of the opening look back to the late 80s before the bass-heavy noodling that Akercocke have mastered switches views to technical vistas. Then, time warping, we’re dragged into the realm of atmospheric gothica, reminiscent of “Leviathan,” as Mendonca sweetly croons above subtle interweaving melodies. Sweeps and mid-paced progressions slot courageously between these moments, jostling for space, before a death-metal Iron Maiden gallop sends the song to its end. It’s flamboyant, unrestrained, and pure Akercocke at their creative apex. This might rub some the wrong way; the wild and wacky nature of their sound – crowned by Jason Mendonca’s schizophrenic vocals, sometimes daft and off-putting, at other times powerful and dreamy – is an acquired taste. Much of the album follows this playful yet dark vibe. “Unbound By Sin” and “First To Leave The Funeral” are funhouses of technical and malevolent riffs, tasty sweeping solos, writhing mid-tones, scrumptious bass lines, and a furious looseness that sounds like jazz-fusion crushed in the pestle and mortar of a death-metal necromancer.

There are more than a handful of moments different from anything Akercocke have released before. The guitar melodies of “Insentience” spiral off one another with bombast, almost sounding like something from a Plini record. “Familiar Ghosts” is pure Akercocke dipped in freshness, encompassing violins, glitching electronic pulses, and sensual grooves aplenty. Four minutes in and the song transitions into what sounds like a futuristic drug-fueled nightmare where the main characters watch a hyper-death Voivod in ultra-neon. “One Chapter Closing For Another To Begin” is a sexy and strange wash  of atmospheric tremolo broken up by sections of wobbling  James Maynard Keenan-esque pensiveness. Mendonca’s cleans sound better than ever, a syrupy continuation of Antichrists’ sound, and his blackened snarls and rasps offer the ideal offset to this smoothness. However, the blackened snarls make a rarer appearance here, replaced instead by a bombastic and melodramatic shout that’s somewhat of a distracting drawback.

Each member shines through the record. Almost every performance is stand-out, virtuoso almost, even by Akercocke’s outrageous standards. Guitarist Paul Scanlan, returning following his departure after 2003’s Chronozon, nestles neatly next to expressive new bassist Nathanael Underwood and Voices drum maestro David Gray. Nothing demonstrates the tightness of the band like final track “A Particularly Cold September,” nearly ten-minutes of 70s-esque progressive rock and extreme metal. It’s the crowning glory of the album, floating through elements of acoustic Opeth, bittersweet Porcupine Tree, trumpet-laden King Crimson, and Devin Townsend heart wrenching grandeur.

I wanted Renaissance In Extremis to be as outrageous and creative as possible. It is. Some may miss the Satanism and the tighter black-metal crunch of Words That Go Unspoken and Chronozon, the Morbid Angel-isms of The Goat of Mendes and Rape Of The Bastard Nazarene, but I don’t. Some might say it’s too loose, lacks a conciseness and focus, and runs for too long. I’m outraged by these hypothetical complaints! I’ve listened to the album a lot, taking a day off to let the record stew, and it still excites me. Akercocke have retained their trademark sound yet managed to hone it and fire it through fresh vistas. With a wonderful production to boot – clear, crisp, and deep yet never plastic or too clean – Akercocke have hit gold. Renaissance In Extremis is fun and diverse whilst still being pensive and beautifully touching.


Rating: 4.5/5
DR: 8 | Format Reviewed: 320 kbps mp3
Label: Peaceville Records
Websitesfacebook.com/akercockeofficial
Releases Worldwide: August 25th, 2017

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  • Malhorne

    I never listened to Akercocke before (don’t ask me why I do not know there are wayyy too many bands to check anyway) and it seems to be the right time to start

    • The Akerstache

      This album is certainly a great starting point, it really is a sum of all the parts of their music. It’s also got a greater focus on the slower parts and Mendonca’s cleans.

      If you like this definitely check out Words Left Unspoken, that’s probably my favorite album of theirs.

      • Malhorne

        Thanks for the tip!

        • The Akerstache

          And one other thing, if you like the heavier, creepier bits, check out Voices. They’re a project that was started after Akercocke disbanded, their album London is easily on par with anything Akercocke released.

      • WalrusKing

        Antichrist has been my go to album for these guys but I re listened to words based on this recommendation and feel like I have been missing out! Shelter from the Sand is a killer song. Thanks!

    • Metrognome26

      I was in the same boat. I hadn’t really properly listened to Akercocke before, but this record had me curious enough to buy it. I have no clue if you’ll like it, but I’m digging the hell out of it.

  • mindbleach

    I have to be honest, as much as a love this band’s songwriting and instrumentation, the vocals do nothing but make me laugh. They sound so silly to me.

    • Grymm

      That’s pretty much been my issue as well.

      Mendonça’s a beast on guitar, but his clean vocals just irk me.

      • mindbleach

        It’s actually not the cleans that bother me. It’s just this specific type of harsh vocals that I can’t get into. Rasps, shrieks, growls, whatever, fine. But something about the deeper, gurglier ones just make me laugh.

        • Here’s Johnny

          extreme metal isn’t for you then

          • Felchmeister777

            Balls. He makes a fair point. The vocals are a little silly and awkward at times. Not a huge deal, but your derogatory comment was daft…

          • GWW

            Not derogatory. Maybe a little harsh but it isn’t personally critical or insulting.

          • Felchmeister777

            Nah, ‘derogatory’ is just fine…

    • Akerblogger
  • Here’s Johnny

    I love Akercocke but i am having a hard time liking this album, i will keep trying with some more spins. At the moment i can’t shake off the feeling of disappointment though.

  • Ferrous Beuller

    Both this album and review give me a goat of mendes in my pants – great stuff.

    • manimal

      That made me laugh… reminds me of Satanic Verses, where Mahound slowly but surely turns into a goat and realises that his neither regions have really started looking very… goat-like.

  • Zrinko Maloseja

    This song on the bottom fuckin kills!

    • metalcasket

      You’re in for such a treat with the full album. ‘Disappear’ is arguably the worst song on the album! ;)

      Yes, it’s THAT good.

  • AndySynn

    Ah, unfortunately I was somewhat disappointed in this album. Really enjoyed a lot of the proggier parts, but felt like the majority of the riffs and more metallic elements were a bit “stock”.

    • Ferrous Beuller

      Boooo!

      • AndySynn

        We can still not be friends, right?

        • Ferrous Beuller

          For you – always. Now, let’s see about changing that Beyond Grace score…

          • AndySynn

            Changing it… up?

    • El_Cuervo

      nooooooooooo

      • AndySynn

        We can still be friends, right?

        • El_Cuervo

          How many camels you offering?

    • Retchin’ Rites ov Karhu

      Along the same lines. I’ve been listening to this like crazy, hoping to fall in love with it – but something just isn’t there. A lot of the individual movements and motifs lack staying power.

    • Felchmeister777

      Completely agree. When they’re ‘experimenting’ they’re almost always interesting, but the majority of those NWOBHM/thrashy riffs aren’t particularly interesting. Good job they’re far outweighed by the progressive/melodic writing…

  • anonbr666

    This has got to be one of the bestest comeback albums ever.
    Akercocke is so fucking great, I am jizzing all over listening to this.

  • Felchmeister777

    Great review…

  • Septic

    I certainly prefer the guttural vox over the cleans…

    • Luca Popescu

      It sounds like it’s straight out of the 1980’s, but not really in a good way.

  • Slam Grandpa

    “4.5” Score was influenced greatly by the reviewer’s personal fanboyness towards the band, it was 3.5 at best

    • Akerblogger

      I’ll have you know that everything in my review was fact checked by Jason Mendonca himself.

      • Slam Grandpa

        10/10 now I agree with the score and review, ROTM- I’m joking, I still think it’s good and a great comeback but 4/5, there happy? (Kronos you better make sure the new Pyrrhon album gets ROTM for August, you did give it 5/5)

  • Metal and Hockey

    Have been waiting for this since I found out they were back. Now if the mail lady would just hurry up and deliver the CD! Great review by the way. It’s got me wanting to hurry up and get off work to check the mail box.

  • El_Cuervo

    My AotY so far. Outstanding stuff. Better than anything from last year too.

    • welyyt

      It is indeed great: the motherfAkers have done it again.

      • Frost15

        I can confirm after my first spin! These guys deliver everytime. I heard Extol influenced riffs in this album btw, which is excellent.

    • Frost15

      Dude, you are all making almost imposible to work today, I definitely need to listen to this before (I am a huge Akercocke fan too!)

      • manimal

        Give in… you know you’re not really a right-angle triangle.

  • Shrümpelstiltskin

    I was wondering when this was gonna get reviewed. This is one of the best comeback records I’ve ever heard. Definitely my ROTM for August…although I am also obsessed with the new Brand New album. I’m sorry though. That’s not metal. I’ll see myself out…

    • Absolomb

      You’re not alone with that Brand New album.
      8 years in the making and it’s even better than I needed it to be.

      • Shrümpelstiltskin

        It’s like better than most of their discography, which is insane because no one ever expected it to be. Those two singles that were released last year were such a misleading tease.

        • Absolomb

          Yeah, I thought Mene was okay as a stand alone track, like they were just having fun but I wouldn’t have enjoyed an album full of Mene’s and I Am Your Nightmare’s.
          Science Fiction on the other hand, they’ve taken Deja Entendu and TDAGARIOM and adapted them to their age with a much mature outlook and, if I might say, even more cryptic lyrics.
          If they’re going out on this release, they can be bloody proud.

    • Akerblogger

      Yes! It’s nice to see British bands like Carcass, Godflesh and Akercocke re-emerging with a new found zeal, and bands like Anaal Nathrakh, Fen, A Forest Of Stars, Saor, Esoteric, Abyssal, and many more making fantastic and diverse music from this withered isle.

      I’ve been meaning to check out that Brand New album, too. I used to play The Devil and God Are Raging Inisde me quite a lot.

      • Shrümpelstiltskin

        I never really thought about it, but you’re right. Those British metal bands really know how to write comeback records.

        And the newest Brand New album sounds like the proper follow-up to Devil. You should like it a lot.

  • AlphaBetaFoxface

    I’m pretty straight but I’ve had a blast taking this ‘cocke. I don’t know if that is PC or not. This album rules and if it isn’t November’s issue of August’s RotM, I’ll be making sure every single one of you gets some.

    • Metrognome26

      PC or otherwise, I tittered.

    • sir_c

      The only appropriate usage of the term PC is in combination with other words like RAM, CPU, motherboard.

      • Nukenado

        No love for President’s Choice?

        • Aguy

          Or pencil and paper RPGs?

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    What? No naked chick on the cover? Did these guys mature or something?

    • toiletUnlord

      Purely based upon the short vomitbook promo video I saw during which Blast Vader pretended that there were Fleshlights in the box of recently delivered vinyls; I’d say not. But hey, I guess we’re all ten years older than when Antichrist was disengorged…

      • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

        Well, aging doesn’t necessarily imply maturing…
        ;)

  • AngryMetalBird

    I totally missed this! This is better than anything I’ve heard this year so far!

  • HeavyMetalHamster

    Dudes clean vocals on the first track made me send it straight to the trash bin.
    This review made me pull it back out.

    • Dr. Wvrm

      I was the opposite. The gurgles killed it for me, completely out of place, but the other styles pulled my opinion out of the gutter.

    • Here’s Johnny

      Sure thing

    • ToddRob64

      Pull what back out?
      No worries, I’ll see myself out…..

      • HeavyMetalHamster

        Dirty dirty

  • Gage

    Can we get a real review instead of fanboy gushing? I love this band… but this album is a 3.5/5 AT BEST.

    • Akerblogger

      But this is an excellent album…

      • The Akerstache

        NO! You’re subjective opinion is wrong!

        • Akerblogger

          NO!

          I would agree with you but I’d be wrong.

          • The Akerstache

            NO!

            It’s in bold so your point is null.

          • Master of Muppets

            .syawla ,gnorw lla era eW

          • The Akerstache

            !oN

            ?won od annog ayhctahW

          • sir_c

            ʞɐǝɹq ɐ ǝɯ ǝʌıƃ ǝsɐǝʃd sʎnƃ ɥO

          • The Akerstache

            ¿¿¿¿pǝʇɹɐʇs I ǝʌɐɥ ʇɐɥʍ ‘poƃ ʎW

      • Gage

        Sterile production, forgettable riffs, god awful clean vocals… It’s disappointing to say the least.

    • Dr. Wvrm

      The highly official and legally binding August RotM straw poll conducted among the staff a few days ago suggests you probably wouldn’t be seeing a score starting with “3” even if someone else had done this one. I hope you like maroon.

      • Kronos

        I’ll never bend to scooby doom!

        • Dr. Wvrm

          Legally binding! Lawyer up, bub!

          • Kronos

            SAVE ME, DOUG MOORE!

      • Akerblogger

        MAROON 5!!! I <3 THOSE GUYS. 5/5 BECAUSE THEY HAVE 5 IN THERE NAME AND MY MUM SAYS I LOOK NICE IN MAROON PANTYHOSE!

  • Dr. Wvrm

    I kinda hate the vox and I’d still give this a 4+. That’s how good everything else is.

    • El_Cuervo

      I kinda feel the same about you.

      • Dr. Wvrm

        My eyes are up here.

        • El_Cuervo

          but your wvrmy arms banging those drums are so hot

          • Dr. Wvrm

            I need an adult. I NEED AN ADULT.

    • Absolomb

      That’s how I feel. Still getting used to the, at times, lackluster vocals but I’d give this a 4 because instrumentally we haven’t had better this year.

  • beurbs

    Guys, it’s time to give Mike Patton a call.

  • Lou Daz

    Awesome, great review, man. The embedded track rips, can’t wait to dig into the whole project.

  • Me

    Once again I’m left scratching my head as to how this warrants a 4.5. Vocals are laughable, brutal and clean. Not my thing.

    • tomasjacobi

      It warrants a 4.5 because the reviewer likes it that much; it is him writing the review, not you :-)

      • Me

        My opinion. Don’t like it, blow me.

        • tomasjacobi

          My point exactly…
          But no, I won’t blow you.

          • Me

            Pretty please. :)

          • Robin Klink

            I’m with you. Really don’t get why everyone’s so crazy about this. Vocals are horrible imo.

  • Will Atheling

    “Chronzon”, “Words The Go Unspoken and Chronozon” – some sloppy typing for a fanboy, isn’t it?

    • Akerblogger

      Thanks Will

      • Will Atheling

        Not trying to be a PITA, half of it is correct now, but the 2003 album is called Choronzon, after John Dee’s demon.

  • Czech Czort

    “I’m outraged by these hypothetical complaints!”
    Sentence of the year.

  • Bryan Stroup

    Musically this is great. Almost like Witherfall. Except the vocals…just no. It goes from pig squealing to a cross between Cher and Elvis.

    • drug_genosh

      pig squealing? im not sure you know what that means

  • DeadHead

    First time I’ve ever listened to this band. Great instrumentals. Its really well thought out and pretty damn intricate. The vocals however just are weird to me. They don’t feel like they fit. The growls are just meh and the cleans are super weird.

  • This album is close to perfection. The review echoes most of my thoughts as I have been listening to nothing else since Saturday. Just wish Jason would take vocal lessons or spend longer to tidy up a few parts. The vibe is right but the delivery sometimes sounds like he did one take and said ‘that’ll do’ after spending nine years recording the music. I am not sure who does most of the leads (think it might be Scanlan) but every single one is amazing. The closing track is prog gold…except for some of the vocal choices which would leave the uninitiated scratching their heads.

    • toiletUnlord

      Scratching their heads is correct. Uninitiated, philistine swine…

  • dduuurrrr dddduuuurrrr

    Around the time when Words that go unspoken… came out I considered Akercocke one of my favorite bands. I wasn’t looking forward to this, I really thought it was going to suck.

    I was wrong.

    Can we have a contest for fun metal reviewer names though? I think mine would be Aosloth.

  • Mollusc

    I don’t get it! Vocals are shaky and mixed strangely. The solos sound like an 80s shred demo. I don’t like the guitar sound. Is there something wrong with me? Is there a cream or ointment you can prescribe? I love Voices, but this makes me feel ill.

    • Akercocke production has always been odd because they do most of it themselves. Usually it was the drums that sounded a bit fake but here they sound better than past albums. I suspect they use amp modellers (as they do live) for guitars which makes it a bit hollow. However, it is a long way from bad and the overall sound is clear and not too compressed.

      • Mollusc

        Yes, it’s definitely clear, but not doing it for me! I went back and listened to a bit of Antichrist and that sounded good to me.

  • Luke_22

    Great review. This is an absolute beast of a comeback. I get the compaints about the vocals but mostly they all stick for me.

  • MITCH TRVBISKY

    Most anticipated album of the year and it absolutely delivered. It feels like this was written directly after Antichrist, not a decade later

    • toiletUnlord

      I think it’s a bit easier listening, and demonstrates ‘ahem’ progression, but is definitely an essential listen; particularly for long term enthusiasts.
      I’m enraptured by it, even without the obdurate evil of old…

      • MITCH TRVBISKY

        It is, you could say we’ve been seduced!

  • SoLeftISeeRight

    Loving the unhinged solos on this album.

  • Zach Ward

    Hey my dudes. First review I’ve been able to read since June 27th. Good stuff. Could someone kindly list me off some great releases since I’ve been gone. That’d be just grand.

    • Dr. Wvrm

      Lör and Pyrrhon got a 4.5 and 5.0, respectively. That’s as good a place as any to start.

  • John Mosley

    My first spin left me cold. I’ll revisit based on this strong recommendation.

  • ozzyzak

    I fucking LOVE these guys, glad to see ’em come back swinging!

  • Nate Sweet

    Never listened to these guys before. Can’t stand the gurgling on the embedded track but I must admit ‘a particularly cold september’ is one beast of a song!

  • Juan Manuel Pinto Guerra

    The vocals sure are grating, clean and otherwise, none of them are very good. They would have certainly ruined lesser music.

  • Planex

    I’ve always heard of Akercocke, but I’ve never actually taken the dive to listen to any of it. It’s always sounded like my kind of thing, so I’m pretty excited.

  • The clean vocals are mediocre at best and diabolical at their worst. I don’t know they persist with the clean vocals. The growls are mixed strangely. They feel seperated from the rest of the music. The rest of the music sounds good, but the vocals may be too much to overcome for me.

    The Antichrist Imperium was rendered unlistenable by the vocal performance.

  • a glass o’ milk

    I don’t know, not too fond of the embedded track… It sounds a bit too sterile for my taste. And the close to unintelligible growls are just plain silly to me. On the other side, I dig the clean vocals. I think they fit well.

  • Innit Bartender

    And here I always thought your monicker had something to do with Akerfeldt….

  • Brian Kelly

    I’ve never really listened to them before, the instrumentation on the embedded track is pretty great, both vocal varieties I would say are basically bad. The death vocals I mean you would get used to them, but them seem weak and “stacotto-y” and the clean vocals sound like they are from a metal singer who thinks he’s good at normal singing, but in reality is quite bad, or worse, from a music technicality standpoint, or like a vocal teacher/coach grading the performance.

    And I don’t know or care about the lyrical themes of this album, but their seemingly ‘intelligent satanism from British guys’ or whatever exactly the lyrics on the previous albums are about, that’s pretentious know-it-all-ism, in their view, and that’s just boring. Maybe that’s not what it’s about, or maybe it is, but that’s the vibe you get. Not that many people care about lyrics in metal anyway.

    • Here’s Johnny

      No…plus we British do know it all.

  • Sharp-Blunt Boy

    For this is the album i have been awaiting, and this is my proclamation.

    I’m liking the new material. Don’t know why people are getting hung up on the vox – it’s all reassuringly akercocke (with maybe even a hint of Anthony and the Johnson’s). Nice.

    • Akerblogger

      Anthony and the Johnsons! Damn that’s a perfect comparison to the wobbly vocals at times. I really love her music: soul-crushingly sad.

    • toiletUnlord

      From the angel’s mouth…

  • toiletUnlord

    For me, the only possible reason to be even vaguely disappointed by this release is the deviation away from amusing Satan cheering, goatworship & tit emblazonment.
    All of the disparaging shit about the vocals (Hail Mendonca) simply makes me think that, given it’s been a decade between releases at this point, most of the diparagers are unfamiliar arsehats with no back catalogue resonance?
    Seriously.

    A return to fucking form if ever there was one.

    I had been waiting patiently; under a judas goatskin…

    • I reckon the decision to Deviate from Satan (their next album title) was a sound one, along with less titties. Although that is more lamentable. The best dressed Satanist stuff was an effective and frequently referenced gimmick at the time, but they are good enough to transcend that.

      I am a conscientious disparager only and been a fan since early 2000s. I objectively think the vocals are not as strong as past releases and a little more care could have been taken to get back in shape and capture the best performance. Even the guttural vocals are not quite as exemplary as before.

      Even with these reservations it is AOTY for me so far because its so fucking fun and varied.

      • toiletUnlord

        You Sir, provide me with excellent constructive criticism; going forwards.

        Definitely in my top 5 2017, so far; like sands through that spittle flecked hourglass!

    • Nukenado

      Being a non Christian who’s more put off by Satanism than Christians, the Satanism shift is actually what got me to check out this album.

  • The album has its moments but to me the overall product feels too eclectic, rough-and-ready and I’m not a fan of the sound either, not to mention some of the absolute cringy clean vocals.

  • Equilux

    I was like ,,Hmmm that is pretty good I could listen to this all day lo…sweet Jesus baby what is that sound?!! Is that a human voice?”

  • Chris

    This is my first time listening to Akercocke.

    The music is great, the prog elements are really interesting, the harsh vocals are fantastic, and the clean vocals are absolutely awful. So bad they make the album nearly un-listenable. Nasally, whiny, often off-key. Just utter shite, all around.

    Quite a shame, as it would probably be really good otherwise.

  • Here’s Johnny

    I’ve come to conclude AMG commenters are idiots…apart from me of course.

  • wayne the devil

    Thanks to Akerblogger , and some super good music, I am an instant fan. Awesome band. Great review.

  • AnnieK13

    The vocals drag it down a bit for me but really overall I kind of like it.I definitely hear a bit of Crimson in it.

  • IBlackened

    Man, the first riff of ‘Unbound By Sin’ is serious headbanging material.

  • AgonMcDuck

    Longtime Akercocke fanboy (the whole stretch from Choronzon to Antichrist is my favorite), I’m not sure I’m in love with this record yet. I know “objectively” the mix/master is great (iirc Neil Kernon handled this one) but the guitar tone is too clean and thin and reminds me too much of Sethu, the record that turned me from Nile fanboy to enemy. Still nice to finally hear new stuff from these blokes, and this record deserves more spins than I’ve been giving it (mostly because of Finisterre and Radiation taking turns on my CD player).

  • lucas

    A fucking masterpiece, such a comeback after 10 years, Opeth should take some notes (dont hate me, i love all Opeth albums, but this is seriosly how Opeth should have evolved)

  • drug_genosh

    I picked up Chronozon sometime back in 03/04 (and even though i was away at College, I still worried my catholic mum would find it & destroy it), and i thought it was awesome-like nothing i heard up until that point. Somewhere along the line though, i lost it and lost track of these guys. Glad to hear theyre back and while i’d go with a 4 a 4.5 isnt far off. this is a beautiful sounding record and i feel that anyone having a problem with it just isnt familiar with Akercocke. And hating on those low vocals?? all i hear is Cryptopsy !! This album shreds and, yes, while some (not all!) of the vocals may need some getting used to, they are definitely worth the price of admission.

  • Chad

    With all the love this record has received on multiple sites I figured I would check it out on Apple Music. Honestly the clean vocals ruin the whole thing for me. I’m not against clean vocals, but the vocals on this record are just bad.

    • I’ve listened a little more to this now and my intitial thoughts on the clean vocals have changed a little. I’d say there a bit worse than I initially thought. I’d go as far as saying that he can barely sing at all and if these vocals had been attached to lesser music the reviewer would most likely have been ripping the shit out of them.

      For me, they’re bad enough to take the album down from a 4 to a 2. Some of the worst of the year.

  • This album is a whole lotta fun. The extended deluxe edition is cool as well.

  • KillAllSJWs

    Not as good as the Antichrist imperium lp which no one had mentioned yet.typical bunch of posers.

    • Already mentioned by me and I think both are ruined by the vocals.

  • GWW

    one thing i notice is the production is so clean and crisp, which is really weird for Akercocke, usually having a darker murky gauze on everything. I do miss an completely inappropriate synth break like AntiChrist. I remember hearing it the first time, thinking, that is obtuse! Cool!
    Top Ten album for 17. Phenomenal.

  • Eric Radliff

    This album is awesome, but there are a few moments when the vocals are hilariously cheesy and bad. I do love the album though.

  • Nick Maestas

    I’ve been in a drought with new bands to listen to and these guys blew me out of the water! I just ordered Antichrist off earache for 9 bucks and I’m going to get this one soon! So crazy how they go from black, death, to prog in a heartbeat. The instrumentation is fucking crazy too I love it.