Akercocke - Rape of the Bastard Nazarene

Posted on Sunday, August 29, 2010

Does anyone out there know what the fuck an Akercocke is? I’ve never heard of one but whatever it is, this band’s members decided to name themselves after it. Akercocke (the band) is from England and plays Satanic Death Metal with a definite Dark Ambient leaning. Or is that Dark Ambient with a Satanic Death Metal leaning? Most of the album, in fact, is in the Dark Ambient vein with weird bits, gloomy keyboard passages, female vocals and Satanic spoken word parts. The rest of the music is fairly brutal Death Metal in the veins of the older Florida scene with hints of the Buffalo scene (deeper, more guttural vocals and muddier guitars). The song structures are kind of weird as it sounds like you’re listening to a Dark Ambient piece and all of a sudden, in the middle of the piece, a Death Metal song will break out. After a bit, the Dark Ambient part will start up again. Kind of schizophrenic, if you ask me. Imagine the bastard crossbreed of Endura and Immolation with the baby taking after Endura but not without Immolation’s brutal tendencies popping up every now and then. An interesting combo of styles to be sure.

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