The beginning of ANACRUSIS lies down in St. Louis, where Ken Nardi read a book in Highschool about music theory and the term ANACRUSIS. This seemed to be the right label for his band, which he later founded. But first, he made his first musical steps in a band named HEAVEN’S FLAME. The fact, that he was a capable guitarist but weak singer, led the band to the step to tune down the guitars, which is quite normally today. HEAVEN’S FLAME had never much success, apart from a support gig for METAL CHURCH (!), so Kenn broke up the band after a while. An old fellow introduced him then to Kevin Heidbreder (g), John Emery (b) and Mike Owen (dr), who liked more heavier stuff and they convinced him in 1986 to join them as vocalist and guitarist.
They thought, they have a better chance for a record deal, if they finance their first album themselves and then go to some record labels with the final product and so they recorded “Suffering Hour” within one week for 1200 Dollars. Of course, you can hear that on the album but Active Records offered them a deal for two records and “Suffering Hour” was then released in 1988. Already on this album, you can recognize Ken’s interesting lyrics, which are quite different from the average rest. But also musically, ANACRUSIS stand out of the normal Thrash genre. They use clean melody vocals as well as harsh vocals, which is absolutely normal in today’s modern Death Metal/Metalcore. But I want to warn all soft Metalfans, because Kenn is famous for his pre-matured scream attacks, which he used very often on their debut album. Sounds somehow similar to Dani Filth from CRADLE OF FILTH... But this is also one of the attractive points of this album. These songs really belong to the best and most original that the Thrash genre ever had to offer. There has never been such an album with that much ideas and ingenious turnarounds. Each song is a masterpiece but this is nothing for softies. A song like “Frigid Bitch” crossed all barriers in extreme music and it’s also today a work full of aural hate. The production is due to the low budget not great but very rough.
This CD is very rare and I’m happy that I’ve found it after several years – if you see it, don’t hesitate to buy it, this is a milestone and an absolute gem! (Online October 24, 2004)