For those of you who never got to hear the rather badly underproduced Serpent Lust Arts demo by this band, their style might come as a bit of a surprise. Akrabu is the brainchild of Vampyr Scorpios of Crimson Moon fame and like all of the other bands on Memento Mori, Akrabu is Dark Ambient rather than Metal. The main instrument on this album is an acoustic guitar and the playing style reminded me a lot of the latest album by Melechesh (Djinn). Like Melechesh, Akrabu incorporates the Mesopotamian/Arabic scales into a good part of their music and this album has a very Middle Eastern feel to much of it. The vocals range from whispered incantations to strange drugged out singing to spoken passages. The atmosphere is almost universally dark and mystical at the same time. When you consider that this was recorded in a 4-track studio, this sounds fucking great. You get that dark feeling and at the same time, the sound is polished enough so that everything comes in clearly.
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