Akercocke CD review [Earache]

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Akercocke CD review [Earache]
Dec 5, 2006, 04:16


AKERCOCKE Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone CD

Akercocke's unique hybrid of progressive metal and electronic experimentation is an acquired taste. On their fourth album and third for legendary taste making label Earache, the band continue to force their nerdy brand of eclecticism by all means necessary. A very capable death metal band when they choose to be, Akercocke's annoying habit of injecting intensely melodramatic parts into the middle of their songs fails to evoke much of anything. Fans of Opeth might find Akercocke's intrepid gear-shifting of some worth, but where Opeth's use of dynamics is masterful, Akercocke's is often jarring. The piano sounds like MIDI, and the clean vocals sound like Sensefield, a band that Akercocke are no doubt unaware of, but the unfortunate comparison remains nonetheless. Remember when this label wouldn't put out anything that didn't have a shrieking corpse on the cover? [Earache]

-James Jackson Toth

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