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Audio CD, May 11, 1993
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1. Sound the Alarm
2. Sense of Will
3. Too Many Prophets
4. Release
5. Division
6. Tools of Separation
7. Grateful
8. A Screaming Breath
9. My Soul's Affliction
10. Driven
11. Brotherhood?
12. Release [Remix][*]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 11, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wea Corp
  • ASIN: B000008CV4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,935 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Screams and Whispers ranks among the best metal albums of the nineties.
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Anacrusis brings to the table a fine mixture of songwriting, emotion, and textures, as well as the in-your-face aggression well aquainted with thrash metal.
Mike V
I highly recommend Anacrusis to all thrash and/or progressive metal fans.
Justin G.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This band has never gotten the credit they deserve. This album is no different. One of the best technical-progressive-thrash outfits ever, Anacrusis certainly set standards with their music. Screams and Whispers ranks among the best metal albums of the nineties. This album had a fantastic blend of great musicianship,melody, and aggressive attitude. A very intelligent edge is present as well. Without a doubt worthy of your hard earned cash, if you're into metal of such high caliber. Enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Progression and technical proficiency have long been an important part of extreme music, but you usually tend to find those elements in death metal bands like Cynic, Atheist, Alchemist, and of course Death. In the thrash metal arena, Anacrusis was the most innovative band in terms of taking the straightforward thrash sound and fusing it with technical virtuosity and musical/vocal experimentalism, creating a complex and engaging variation of thrash metal that set them apart from the rest of the genre's mainstays.

Released in 1993, Screams and Whispers was the band's fourth and final album. It's also their crowning achievement. Anacrusis managed to combine the intricate riffwork, innovative bass lines, and otherworldly vocals that worked so well on Manic Impressions and add a sense of power and emotion that the previous album was lacking. If there's a thrash album on par with Cynic's legendary Focus album, this is it. Gloriously technical, yet emotional and sinister in a cold and clinical, walking down empty hospital corridors at night kind of way. It's just an incredibly impressive technical metal album that more people should be aware of.

I highly recommend Anacrusis to all thrash and/or progressive metal fans. If you're into old school bands like Testament, (old) Metallica, Watchtower, Cynic, Atheist, Believer, Alchemist and Death, or even newer bands like Spiral Architect, Mercenary and Nevermore, you should definitely check out Anacrusis, and Screams and Whispers is a good place to start.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jason P. Sorens on September 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Anacrusis probably hasn't gotten the attention they deserve for their prominent role in the turn-of-the-decade technical speed/thrash/death movement (along with other bands like Mekong Delta, Believer, Cynic, Tourniquet, Atheist, etc.). "Screams and Whispers" is one of the catchiest of the technical metal albums out there; it lacks the grey uniformity of their prior works as well. Anacrusis' vocals are as always interesting, alternating between a cool mid-range vocal and a high-pitched squeal. All in all, a fine way for them to end their career. It's a shame, however, that they packed up shop: they might have done even better things had they continued.
High 4 rating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Coakley on August 7, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Simply put - this is musical genus.

In the 1990s I used to work at a little independent record store in NH called Rockit Records. That is where I found this album and discovered a band that is still one of my favorites. I can't even compare it to anything else because Anacrusis are truly in a genre all their own. But, if you like old thrash or technical metal chances are you will love this album. The music is fantastic. The vocals are beyond impressive and the lyrics are perfect. I love this band! Why don't more people know about these guys?
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Format: Audio CD
Anacrusis fourth album, Screams and Whispers, combines all the elements of their last 3 recordings and polishes up on past production troubles to create not only one of the best metal albums of the 90's, but a masterpiece that transcends musical classifications and should forever be remembered. Sadly it's been tossed into obscurity along with such classics as Mekong Delta-Dances of Death and Believer-Dimensions.

Line-Up:
Kenn Nardi - vocals, guitars
Kevin Heidbreder - guitars
John Emery - Bass
Paul Miles - drums

Guitars: Guitar duties are shared by Nardi and Heidbreder and all solo's, except 2, are done by Nardi. There are some killer riffs here but nothing as fast or brutal as their thrash contemporaries. What they lack in speed and brutality though they make up for with creativity and originality. Not that this is metal-lite, there are plenty of head banging moments but Nardi focused on the music first and the thrash second. The guitars are the core of the Anacrusis sound and are atmospheric from start to finish. The solo's range from soft and melodic to blazing out your speakers, but always go well with the music. Nardi and Heidbreder switch from slow, light passages to heavy hitting riffs with relative ease. Nardi isn't the greatest guitarist in the genre but knows exactly how to use them to set the right tone and lead the music in the right direction.

Bass: For starters, Emery's bass is always audible and is high in the mix. It stands on it's own from the guitars and gives the music an extra dimension. Emery is an excellent bassist and he's used here to great effect. There are smooth bass lines that slither under the music and loud sludging lines that almost have a mechanical feel to them.
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Format: Audio CD
While most reviews are somewhat factual, I'd say that more than 50% of these are based on raw emotional opinion. If that's the case, then most recordings will provide a different reaction based on the individual, environment, etc. Well, I don't know what the exact combination of all these influences was when I first heard this, because it just knocked me to the floor. Safe to say that this is one of my favorite albums, period, I personally own 6 copies of this tape, not counting the ones I bought for every person I thought would appreciate this album. Worlds apart from the first two releases, Screams retains the precision of Manic Impressions, but is a much warmer album, based (to my layman's ears) more in the midrange. Another shift in the drummer's chair doesn't affect the overall sound as much as it could have, given that Miles' style is fairly similar to Smith's, both drummers providing an interesting, yet appropriate, performance. While there are experimental pieces which fall a tad short of the high Anacrusis standard (the middle songs on both sides) the strength of those that work completely proves the necessity of this album. Again produced by Nardi, Emery's bass stands out again, due of course to equal parts performance and recording. As stated, drumming is exact, yet something is amiss with standard time here, Miles' accenting offbeats that make this work so perfectly. The angel/devil dichotomy vocals are in full form here, with Nardi giving chills on both clean and shriek vocal deliveries. Some use of keys (synth "hits") may be a bit much, but every time I hear Sound the Alarm, or Release, I'm only saddened by the fact that this master group dissolved, leaving no trace. Regardless, a once hard to find album which has just been re-released and worth every penny. One can only look at bands such as Voivod to try and extrapolate as to what the future would have held for these guys.
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