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Review: Merrimack - The Acausal Mass
The Acausal Mass

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 47:47
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: August 31, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
The Acausal Mass

Rated 3.81/5 (76.19%) (21 Votes)

Album number four from French black metal act Merrimack. For the uninitiated, the band play a style of black metal not too dissimilar from their country mates Deathspell Omega, Blut Aus Nord, and Rêx Mündi. There is a noticeable dosage of Norwegian second wave in the sound as is common with a vast amount of bands playing this style, and I would say Merrimack put less focus on the discordant, dissonant style than some of their peers.

The music contained for the most part is largely strong, if unspectacular. The pacing strives for the mid-pace as opposed to the faster blasting style, although The Acausal Mass is not without its blasting segments. Performances are quite good, although the vocals are a slight uninspiring. The mix and production is good and quite modern in places although as a result some of the atmosphere that could have been achieved on the album has been void.

Whilst The Acausal Mass certainly has its moments, for the most part I'm left quite cold, and in a good way. The album is a little too one dimensional, and once the album crawls to around half way through I find myself fidgeting, and itching to move on to another album. Fans of the genre and French style might find a little more than I did, but I can assure you there are far more interesting releases to have spawned from the genre and even France itself this year.

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