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AKRAL NECROSIS – UNDERLIGHT
This some rather punishing black metal from Bucharest in Europe. Akral Necrosis are a talented bunch too. This is some rather technically accomplished black metal. Off the top of my head I can’t think of that much to relate it too as it also crosses into death metal territory with some “off tap” (as we aussies like to call it) guitar work. Akral Necrosis have the usual black metal riffage and brutal as all hell drumming, but it is never sloppy or off time. This is very professional stuff. Upon listening there are some cool ethnic scales displayed in the guitar playing (some middle eastern sounding stuff later on in the album), a great command of chordal melodies and strange dropped chords which make for a truely etherial atmosphere. All of which is hard to do when playing so fast. The lads came together from a bunch of ‘melodic bands’ and their command of melodic guitar playing certainly shines through on this release.
I have nothing else to say about these guys other than that is a top notch release and very professionally presented music. The recording quality is excellent and every note and nuance in the music comes through well. Put Simply, these guys have kicked my ass. I am in awe. It would appear I’m not the only one either as these guys have shared the stage with luminaries such as Rotting Christ, Hecate Enthroned, Ancient Rites, Absu and Septic Flesh (amongst many others)