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I'm happy to say that the album is ultimately not a disappointment, its dark, brutal, progressive, all the things I love about AK. That being said there are a few things I don't like:
The production on this album is crap. Its strange because it seems like their production got worse from their previous albums. When the first actual song, Summon the Antichrist, begins you hear a rapid drum fill that leads into a blast and distorted guitars. Its SUPPOSED to sound really explosive and crushing, except it doesn't because the drums sound like a cheap electric kit (they didn't even use a real bass drum according to the video logs) and the guitars sound like sludge with no punch whatsoever.
Furthermore, there are very noticeable messups on this album. The most noticeable is during Axiom with the clean acoustic guitars over a blast beat. Its a wonderful concept which is ruined by David Gray flamming all over the place with his kick drum. Couple this with Jason Mendonca's singing (this guy needs to train his voice, every album when he sings clean he is always straining and off pitch)and you have several periods of wincing while listening to the album.
Still all the problems dont change that this album is absolutely killer and a complete headtrip. The prog concepts and songwriting (minus the lyrics) are ingenious. Atmospheric doesn't even begin to describe the experience and it is quite a dark experience.
Best song: My Apterous Angel
Beginning on a creepy note, "Black Messiah" fades in with a needling, snaking guitar line accompanied by an ominous bit of grain-y-sounding feedback. This is then followed by a few beasty, Brujeria-esque spoken words, demonic backing vocals.Read more ›
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This album is pretty good. It is original, most of the songs are different and each song has a lot of layers so it's not like you're listening to the same thing over and over... Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Happy
I discovered this band with the release of "Words that go unspoken" and was changed, I now own their entire catalog sans one album... Read morePublished on June 11, 2008 by Six