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Review: Achren - The Forgotten King
The Forgotten King

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 34:23
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: November 5, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Forgotten King

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)

This is an interesting disc, as I don't think I have heard a Scottish Black/Thrash band before. I was expecting something dirtier, like Temple of Baal, but instead this is really a kind of mix of extreme metal elements to form a whole that is at least different.

Opener "Impaled" is pretty awful, and it has to be pointed out that this band's riffs are not exactly stellar. Their riffage is rather simplistic, but at least they manage to play them with some energy. When they segue into tremolo it is not as convincing, but their main-sequence riffs are pretty repetitive, so I can't say this band has what would be called a 'strong suit'. The vocals alternate between a decent bark and a fairly terrible rasp, which is unfortunately dominant. The production and musicianship are solid, and the leadwork is actually pretty damned good.

I suppose I'm damning this with faint praise, but really, this album lacks direction and comes across as a bunch of parts of other bands bolted together into a kind of mishmash - a little Belphegor, a little Kataklysm, a bit of Sodom all ground up together to produce a mediocre stew. This band might have potential, and this isn't awful or anything, but it's not that good either.

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