I've been a fan of Akercocke for many years now, probably since the release of Goat of Mendes, the following 2 albums were brilliant and Akercocke definitely forged their own unique sound, style and presence in the black/death metal scene.
This album, to me, is a natural progression for Akercocke, with their trademark blast beating, Viscious growls and screams, a good dose of electronica and a crap load of Satanism thrown in for good measure.
I have seen these guys live countless times at the Underworld in Camden, awesome venue, and everytime, they deliver. These guys have really put themselves up with the best alongside their bretheren from the rest of Europe, Scandinavia and the US.
1. Black Messiah: an intro that sounds like something is about to be ripped out of hell itself to reak havok on earth, short and sweet!
2. Summon the Antichrist: the title track and first song for the album, blast beats over 260 bpm, awesome! Growls that reach right into the pit of your stomach and remind you why you loved their previous albums, when I first heard it, I was so relieved as this is the most important track, it sets the mood for the rest of the album, and it did not dissapoint!
3. Axiom: lovely acoustic guitars accompanied with a blast beat, so rarely done, so well done, masters!!!! I think this single was released, I have certainly seen the film clip for it, pretty cool, it is certainly one of the softest songs off the album, at least for the first half, shortly you are rewarded with their signature growls and thundering guitars, great song.
4: The promise: A spoken word proclamation/mandate beckoning the dark lord to comeforth through enticing/ seducing a nice young virgin to join the sinners!
5. An eerie crow makes an appearance in this song halfway through that sounds like it is sitting in a burnt out tree overlooking a corpse, waiting to have its turn! Similar to Axiom, slower guitars, but effective, tempo changes, distorted guitars come blasting in and change the mood of the song yet again, true Akercocke brilliance!
6. another interlude
7. Man without faith or trust: I love the intro to this song, awesome! Crunching guitars and nice precision blasts and unearthly growling, time/tempo changes, this song has everything you would hope to get from an Akercocke song!
8. The Dark inside: I tell you what, this song I thought initially, was average, that this was a filler song, but how wrong I was, as the verses and rhythm was meant to help fill out this song to lead up to middle electronica part, simply brilliant, who'd have thought that electronica could fit so well with this music?? I know who... Akercocke!
9. Footsteps resound in an empty chapel: Brilliant, typical Akercocke
10. a fitting end, an edict, well, as this is the limited addition, it is actually not the end, read on....
11. Chapel of ghouls, I found this really fitting for this album as it was through Morbid Angel I found this band opening at the Mean fiddler, and I couldn't understand why the majority of people were wearing these rape of the bastard of nazarene t-shirts with Akercocke written at the top... I do now, Akercocke do this song justice, although I admit I would have preferred a new song, this is a bonus track, and in this light, it is a worthy additon to the album.
12. Leprosy: what can I say, another worthy song from a worthy band!
This is a quality album made by quality musicians and certainly the addition of Matt Wilcock has taken that quality to another level for this album and words that go unspoken.
I cannot wait to hear the next additon and can't wait to get back into that crunching mosh pit and scream the lyrics right back at Mendoca! Hail Akercocke! Hails to you for reading and further hails to you if you go out and buy this album, support the cause, keep them in business!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Black Messiah
2 Summon The Antichrist
5 My Apterous Angel
6 Distant Fires Reflect In The Eyes Of Satan
7 Man Without Faith Or Trust
8 Dark Inside
9 Footsteps Resound In An Empty Chapel
11 Chapel Of Ghouls