Acheron - Rebirth: Metamorphosing into Godhood

Posted on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This Black/Death Metal band has been around since the early days of the Florida Death Metal scene, churning out their particular brand of audio blasphemy for well over a decade now. This latest album is kind of a return to their older sound in that the overpowering keyboards and synthesizer-generated atmospheric bits that began dominating their sound since Anti-god, Anti-christ have all but disappeared. The Death Metal element has once again come to the forefront and it’s good to know that Acheron can still cave in your skull like they did on albums like Rites of the Black Mass and Lex Talionis. Even without the keyboards, Acheron can still generate an atmosphere of darkness and lurking evil. The slower, heavier bits really seem to capture that quality in their music. The faster stuff is brutal, memorable and gets your head banging like good Death Fucking Metal is supposed to. That being said, there are still a few shortcomings to this album. The first is the intro to “Golgotha’s Truth,” which is essentially some guy reading in a monotone voice - and yes, it’s painfully obvious that he’s reading off of a sheet of paper. This just sounded hokey and while “Golgotha’s Truth” is arguably the best track on this album, the intro really doesn’t do it any justice. The next thing I thought was a bit annoying was the track “The 9th Gate,” which is essentially one long track of a strange droning noise that I’m guessing is supposed to be meditative or something. Either my Satanic Antennae (the one by which I receive messages from our Lord and Master SATAN!!!) needs a little tuning or I’m just not getting it. Overall, Rebirth… is a good album marred by a few shortcomings that are relatively minor in the grand scheme of things.

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