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Review: Akercocke - Choronzon

Label: Earache Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 54:46
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: March 24, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 3.95/5 (78.95%) (19 Votes)

Choronzon is a strange album and I'm actually unsure if words can fairly describe what I found in this jewel case...You might be attracted to this band by the cool cover art and I wouldn't blame you, or perhaps you are a lucky fellow who has their earlier work so it's only normal that Choronzon is part of your collection. No matter what, you did the right thing when you picked up this album.

Even if these lads wear no corpse paint but instead ties and suits, it doesn't make them a nice girlie band. Far, far from it. These British gentlemen are today's version of Satan as one could see inside the booklet (lucky guys!) or even by the explicit lyrics courtesy of Satan himself, I mean David Gray, band leader and founding member. The guiding line of this album is his schizophrenic personality, so this is not a dull repetitive piece of crap and you better be prepared to shit in your pants if you are not ready to expect the unexpected... Beginning with a sampling from a horror movie ending with something almost comical but between these points is a plethora of extreme delicacies and then some... First the magnificent vocals either in their clean deranged style or the beastie black or deep grunt when not totally out of this world and plain horrifying (this is not a human voice!) All the darkest tonalities are used to portray the mystical and satanic content of their lyrics. Second but not least, the music...brilliantly insane compositions created by genuinely disturbed minds, played by greatly talented musicians, resulting in an amazing opus that I just can't stay away from!!! So what do we have here? A haunting combination of Black Metal with just about any good scary tools used in the extreme field. Dressed in a mostly melodic fashion but never sounding cheesy. The drumming is stunt-like, the rhythmic section is so tight and bound to give anyone wrist cramps if trying to copy ! The guitar is amazing in its sound and playing. Tasty whatever the clean clear version or riffing is being used. The keyboards are used at some very well placed points (everywhere on the album) to carry a strong disturbed mood in harmony with the sonic landscape. The song structure is quite progressive but goes far beyond what the bands doing progressive music would maybe consider as a nightmare!

Choronzon has caught me by surprise and trapped my attention into its amazingly beautiful and mind blowing splendors and mysteries. Akercocke will chain you in a hell of a roller coaster ride into the multi-faceted colorful creative mind of a true genius.

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