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Classic Review: Acrostichon - Engraved In Black
Engraved In Black

Label: Modern Primitive
Year released: 1993
Duration: 45:54
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 5/5

Review online: June 3, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Engraved In Black

Rated 4.09/5 (81.82%) (11 Votes)

Now this is some badass shit. A lot of bands jumped on the Entombed bandwagon back in the old days, and while most of them are forgotten now, some of them should not be. Acrostichon were one of the good ones. Not only were they pioneers in having a female bassist/vocalist way before it was trendy, but they thugged out some awesome Death Metal.

Chunky, riffy stuff in the vein of Entombed or Asphyx is what is on offer here, with a sharp-edged guitar tone and lots of time changes to keep things interesting. Mostly Acrostichon keep things slow and doomy, but they aren't afraid to crank it up and blast away at full speed. Corinne van der Brand not only crushes on bass, but her vocals are spot-on, reminding me of Martin Van Drunen in the old Pestilence days – no shit, she rules. Every damned song on here is a hammering lesson in how to play Death Metal the old-fashioned way, and I cannot imagine why I never heard more about this band except that this was released in '93 as the metal tide was receding, and there were 50,000 Scandinavian Death Metal bands in the world around that time. This is a lost classic right here that somebody should have the brains to reissue. Fantastic.

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