Genre: Brutal Slamming Death Metal
Location: Rostock, Germany
“BALTIC SEA BRUTALITY!” If you’re familiar with Acranius‘ debut EP ‘The Echo Of Her Cracking Chest‘ then perhaps you’ll recall this gang-chant, which is cleverly re-mastered in the second half of this album. New vocalist Tomm has stepped in, leaving previous singer Bjorn on guitar – A great choice because Tomm’s pummelling vocals are definitely a step up, especially within production values.
The first six tracks of this record contain new tracks of brutal, bitter non-stop death metal at it’s most extreme possibilities. Still blasting out the brutal slamming riffs as well as a new take on things with new their new vocalist. The first obvious difference from this material you will notice is the amazing production. Compared to their EP, this is top-notch stuff, leaving the EP’s poor standards lower than atlantis. So it’s fucking awesome that Acranius decided to re-master them because now they sound epic, and heavier than anything else at the moment. These re-mastered tracks are the final six tracks on the album, well worth the wait after the first half of the record.
After a short anger fulled intro-like track, ‘Lifesustainment To Continue Mutilation‘ blasts out. This is the band’s first music video and there’s no denying how much hatred and rage has an input in the track. If you haven’t yet seen the video then you must be awing in anticipation towards the excitement my words bring to you. There are monstrous breakdowns, stupidly slow slam riffs, guttural roars – topped off with stunning production, I don’t see how the genre can improve from here.
Germany’s Acranius are indeed ahead of their game and perhaps even their peers. I would easily say their influences (Abominable Putridity, Cephalotripsy) are definitely below them in standards of modern production and fresh ideas. I would even go as far as saying their new sound is more in the veins of I Declare War than their apparent influences. This of course is definitely not a bad move on them. Kraanium, Pathology, Abominable Putridity share the crown in this scene but it’s about time they let the lads in Acranius show off some moves, it’s only a matter of time before Acranius hold the underground death metal scene in the palm of their hands. A future release could lead them down a completely separate path – and knowing them we’ll never be able to guess what they’ll come up with next!