Released: 2017, World Terror Commitee
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
There is little date that Greek Metal has pedigree, with Acherontas proudly listed alongside the illustrious likes of Rotting Christ and Septic Flesh. Incredibly they have been around for twenty years, beneath the radar for much of that time, and with "Amarta (Formulas Of Reptilian Unification Part II)" they have have made it to album number eight. Quite an Achievement.
The album opens with "Tablets Of Mercury" - a mercurial opener which has a schizophrenic, pseudo-operatic feel to it, bleeding into the Kvltish fury of "Schism Of Worlds", its content a frothing, seething mass without mercy or abatement. A deafening racket. Next up is "I-AM Ness - The Tradition Of EYE" with its pronounced Thrash groove and cast iron alloy BM venom, and "Sopdet Denudata", an ugly, amorphous blob of a track. Indeed, it is a fetid globule of BM nastiness. With its expansive riffing and slick breakdowns it is more than just another grim face melter. "Yesod Inversum" is a thunderous assault of Black Metal GBH, and "Rosa Andromeda" is a truly infernal rumpus replete with evocative guitar melodies akin to Iron Maiden in full flow.
The slower paced "Savikalpa Samadhi" ensues next; it seems as though the band were going for epic and ethereal and don't quite achieve their aim. It does not take long for them to lapse back to their standard venom laden velocitous approach. The track truly hits its zenith with its genuinely chilling mid-section.
The album closes on a high note with the title track. A classical guitar intro gives way to something altogether different to the rest of the record - a side to their repertoire that Acherontas should definitely explore more fully; a dark menacing, almost distant rumble akin to an approaching storm. It is something of a departure from the rest of the album, but it is fair to say that it is the best thing on it.
"Amarta" is quite layered, and takes a few listens to appreciate all of it. The keyboard augmentations add subtlety amidst the sledgehammer guitars and raging blastbeats. The use of lead guitar (sometimes full on guitar hero shredding) is also used to great effect and saves the album from being too monochrome. Very nearly very good.
Review By Owen Thompson