Reviewed: April 2019
Released: 29 March 2019 Osmose Productions
Reviewer: Megan Duce
A black metal group from Athens in Greece, Akrotheism formed in 2012 aiming to ‘deeply explore matters of esotericism and philosophy’. Their most recent piece is The Law Of Seven Deaths, being released under Osmose Productions. The album is their second and marks their ‘boldest and most daring work yet’. Along with the band, Acherontas V. Priest also features for some guest vocals and chants.
A comment from the band reads as follows: “The Law of Seven Deaths came into existence to provoke those who dare to take the inner journey. The one to the uncontrolled liberation of subconscious energies.”
Typhonian Serpants is the opening track of the album, a long start at eight minutes but with the use of some spooky ambience and guttural vocals, it didn’t feel as such. The rather intense build-ups and comedowns felt pretty spine-shivering with the added reverb making it sound as if it were calls from a distance. It’s a pretty nice start to an album, putting all of the cards on the table so to speak. A hardcore last minute show off was expected but well utilized with an echo-y ending which was definitely appreciated.
Manifesting Tartartus had a more cohesive-feeling, to begin with, like some intense film music with the long build up. The picking feels as if it’s done with a purpose because of that. In this, the vocals are much more intense and chant-like, allowing it to be nice and powerful over everything else to set the scene. Over the top reverb makes the general feel of the track seem larger than life (or death). The power in the drums I also really like with some awkward but fun guitar chords in there.
Desmotropia has a much slower feeling to it with an emphasized third beat with the percussion (I don’t know what instrument was utilised but it fascinates me). For this reason, the percussion, in general, stands out the most overall. After a while, it starts to pick up and even has a sort of false ending to it before starting to chug along again. However, even the lovely picking doesn’t make this one feel like the time length is justifiable.
Virtue Of Satyr. ‘And therefore I am…a god’. That’s all I really remember along with the super furious ending.
Oracle Mass also didn’t massively stand out. I think something momentum-wise was lost. The evil villain-like calling and excessive use of distortion to stand out were all that could really be said to stand out.
Skeptomophes was a 12-minute song, I know that black metal is generally made up of long songs but even so only if the content feels right. The starting riff felt right, as did the groove at the four-minute mark with a build in motion. Again there are nice elements here and there but nothing that massively stands out and grabs a listener.
En has a very steady feel, mostly like ritualistic chanting which is a break from the rest of the album which tends to bounce from one tempo to another. The overall second half of the album just wasn’t as exhilarating as the first was in comparison.
1. Typonian Serpants
2. Manifesting Tartartus
4. Virtue Of Satyre
5. Oracle Mass
Aeon – vocals, guitars
Naos – lead guitars, acoustics
Schism – bass
Tho – drums
Ur Nahath – ambience, wind instruments, percussion