I have to admit, I've always been pretty hit and miss on ACHERON albums. They are a band I've wanted to like, thought I should like, but never have I really been able to grab one and say, "This is all kick ass old school Death Metal" (2003's "Rebirth" was close). Well folks: This is all kick ass old school Death Metal.
Once the intro siren ends you are immediately hit with thick mid-paced old school riffing, which is prevalent in all the songs, within the first two minutes you are hit with a couple solid tempo changes, a healthy, but not superfluous, dose of pitch harmonics, and catchy scream along vocals. Throw in some solos, more tempo changes, Kyle Severn's ever interesting kit work, more pitch harmonics and more scream along vox and you have this ACHERON album. Just about every song on this album has a hint of diversity whether its a breakdown for a dark near spoken word passage cleverly snuck into a blazer or you may find yourself thinking of early DEICIDE. Instrumentally ESTUARY's Ash Thomas and, a young but apparently experienced, Max Otworth (ex-DARKNESS UNDYING) undoubtedly blaze through this album with complimentary and dueling solos and tight mid-paced to mid-fast riffing. Severn of INCANTATION (and ANAL CUNT ;-)) fame puts his usual varied blasting attack. Its tight, one of the best drum performances of the year thus far. Crowley's vocals fit the music very well even though its in a style I generally dislike, I think he compliments the music nicely.
The lyrics are straight up Satanic cheese, but just plain fun. Tell me you aren't going to be screaming "GODLESS!!!! WE ARE GODS!!!!," or some of the other scream along, fist-fuck the air passages in "I Am Heathen," "Blood Oath" or "Millennium's End." Not a sleeper on this album. This is old school Death Metal.
(Online November 11, 2009)