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THE ANTICHRIST IMPERIUM
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Featuring members of the sadly defunct English black/death metal band Akercocke and the active Voices, this new foray (once more) into black/death Metal is a blast. Literally! My guess is that this band was formed to fill the void Akercocke left when they disbanded, because that is exactly what their eponymous debut album does. This gives it an advantage, and somewhat a disadvantage that I keenly felt on first listen. I missed Jason Mendonša's (Akercocke) vocals especially, as much of the music is top notch Akercoke and the vocals mix the clean, death and black. Saying that, though, I have been listening to this album for a few weeks now and its own qualities really shine through. The music is progressive in parts and wonderfully extreme in the main. It blasts hard when it wants to with David Gray's drumming a powerhouse force throughout. The vocals carry it forward and separate it from many bands as they are used emotively (just like the aforementioned Akercocke). The subject matters are also in a similar vein to Akercocke, just in case you were wondering. As soon as you see the album artwork you will know exactly what I mean!

The members of The Antichrist Imperium give an impression of a close knit community of musicians who just get on with the business of creating extreme music as there is an amount of cross pollination with their previous and current other bands. David Gray (Ackercocke, The Berzerker, My Dying Bride), Matt Wilcock (The Berzerker, Ackercocke), Samuel Joseph Loynes (Voices, Shrines) and Sam Bean (The Berzerker, The Senseless) make what they do as The Antichrist Imperium sound so easy and natural as any of the bands they have led or been members of before. Having seen all of them play live in different bands and know their calibre, I can only imagine that The Antichrist Imperium live will be a devastating prospect indeed. The album itself has an assured confidence and swagger as its aforementioned extremities mix with its progressive elements and some exceptional lead guitar work. This is how extreme black/death metal should be played. Long may The Antichrist Imperium continue to wreak extreme audio havoc!
LABEL:
FORMAT:
Apocalyptic Witchcraft
Album
THE ANTICHRIST IMPERIUM
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Review by Paul Sims
RUNNING TIME:
46:50
RELEASE DATE:
7th August 2015
TRACK LISTING
1) Elegy
2) The Spiritual Rapist
3) Desecrated Remains
4) The Stiffening of Death
5) Silhouette and Flame
6) Kill for Satan
7) Epitaph
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
UK
"This is how extreme black/death metal should be played. Long may The Antichrist Imperium continue to wreak extreme audio havoc!"
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