Acheron has a long and storied past. Formed by ex-Nocturnus member Vincent Crowley back in 1988, Acheron has been part of the Death Metal scene since its very earliest days. While the band never achieved the much-deserved fame or recognition that bands like Morbid Angel, Deicide, or even Vital Remains got, Acheron has persisted. Though they’ve come close, they’ve yet to have that one “breakthrough” album that pushes them to the next level. Any number of reasons can be given as to why they’ve been overlooked, but they’ve consistently put out very solid recordings over the years. Musically, I’m having difficulty calling what they do pure “Death Metal” these days - which is not a complaint, by the way. There are parts of Kult des Hasses that show more kinship with old Mercyful Fate or Angel Witch than bands like Morbid Angel. Even the legitimately brutal parts on this LP sound more like Thrash than Death Metal. That being said, Kult des Hasses is probably the most technically proficient and musically distinct album that Acheron has ever produced. The guitar playing, in particular, is exceptional. Art Taylor’s soloing really drives the music, giving the songs an explosive quality sometimes, or a Blues-influenced atmosphere on other occasions. Kyle Severn’s drumming is as tight as always, and Vincent Crowley’s vocals are as caustic and brutal as you’re going to get and still be completely understandable. While this might not be the “breakout” LP that they need to separate themselves from the second tier and move up to the top levels of the scene, it’s definitely well worth checking out.
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