AKERCOCKE - Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone

Akercocke - Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone

10 songs
48:03 minutes
***** ****


I start this review with an apology, as the band biography is so vast that I just didn't find the time and/or patience to read it entirely. That's why I went over to Wikipedia for more concise information. The band was founded in 1997 by Jason Mendonca (guitar) and David Gray (drums) who used to play together in a band called Salem Orchid until 1992. After self-releasing their debut in 1999, they came two years later with an album on Peaceville Records. Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone is meanwhile Akercocke's second album on Earache Records.

Although the main ingredient of their music is death metal, the long years in rehearsal rooms have taught the guys that you need to add much more to get to the top of the movement. The band's satanic philosophy can be of interest for those who like the occult, but those who crave more for the music have plenty to discover as well. Joining their technically exquisite death metal with black metal and goth rock influences doesn't sound too original on paper, but Akercocke do it in such a unrelentingly progressive way that they are lightyears away from their more romantically minded peers.

The opener Verdelet (which can be downloaded on their label's website) gives you already a good impression of the different moods in Akercocke's music, but the masterpiece on their fourth album is the epic Shelter From The Sand that uses its more than ten minutes to assault the listener with every conceivable sub-genre without ever losing cohesion. Akercocke can switch seamlessly from an aggressive blastbeat part to undistorted guitars.

Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone is a very intelligent and challenging death metal album. Unlike their label mates Ephel Duath, Akercocke always remain in a saner mood and therefore should be able to reach a huge audience with their progressive death metal sound. Fans of Nile and Opeth are the main target audience.

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