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Review: Acrania - An Uncertain Collision
An Uncertain Collision

Label: Independent
Year released: 2012
Duration: 40:57
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 30, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
An Uncertain Collision

Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

What is this? A bunch of Mexican musicians doing Atheist's Elements album all over again, but this time with a huge Latin influence? Well, not exactly but eerily close. Acrania was formed from the ashes Necrofilia in 2006 (the band went by Necrofilia from 2001-06) and aims to do something a bit different by breaking some familiar standards and norms within Metal music. A 4-track EP titled In Peaceful Chaos was the band's first official outing, released in 2007, and this was followed by the band's first full-length album, Unbreakable Fury, released independently three years later.

Several years passed and in 2012 Acrania finally released their follow-up album titled An Uncertain Collision, which is the first time I am hearing any of their material. The word "interesting" hardly describes Acrania's material, which is actually rather unorthodox and challenging, not only because of the Latin rhythms the band has incorporated into their songs, but also due to complex song structures and the heavy use of saxophone. Acrania's experiment with jazz-tinged (Death) Metal surely takes guts. Every musician's performance on An Uncertain Collision is top-notch and vocalist/guitarist Luis F. Oropeza R.'s semi-growled death grunts fit beautifully into the songs.

I take my hat off to Acrania's successful attempt to sound innovative and original on this opus of theirs. Too bad the production isn't on par with the songs. It actually sounds muddy, like a demo, and Luis' vocals suffer most. Nonetheless, this album is absolutely worth your time if you have an open mind and are looking for some challenges for your daily dose of Metal music.

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