|Review: Acheron - The Final Conflict: Last Days of God|
|The Final Conflict: Last Days of God|
Label: Displeased Records
Year released: 2009
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: August 4, 2009
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
for:The Final Conflict: Last Days of God
Rated 4/5 (80%) (14 Votes)
The work of Vincent Crowley's Acheron has always been a bit of a mixed bag for me. The band's debut album is revered in some circles as a Death Metal masterpiece, whereas the rest of their discography is seen to be as patchy as a metalhead's denim jacket. Personally, I do think he's written some really good stuff (the band's demo material, for example, is excellent). However, none of the band's actual full length releases has ever come close to being called a ‘classic' by me.
With the band's 7th full length studio album (and first in 6 years), the one thing you can always rely on as with all Acheron's material is unrelenting Death Metal with a vehement hatred for Christianity and a raging stiffy for Satan. Strangely though, I'd oft thought that it was the most overpowering element of the band, with their overtly Satanic manner always being put at the forefront over more important factors such as well the music(!). Thankfully, this time around the music is generally very good, with intelligently written lyrics and fairly complex, appealing arrangements to be heard throughout. However, the main difference for me this time around is that the band doesn't seem to be treading water as they have often in the past, and actually seem pretty focused on writing good Death Metal, rather aping previous efforts by piecing generic, uninteresting songs around the Satanic preachings of Crowley.
Whether it's the numerous line-up changes, Crowley's extra-curricular activities as a Priest in the Church of Satan for many years, or simply something as simple as style over substance – I think it's fair to say Acheron never actually fulfilled their potential. With that said, this is the most vital Acheron have sounded for years, with this album definitely being a large step in the right direct. Be it a case of being too little too late, I think only time will tell.
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