Reviewed: November 2020
Released: 2020, Black Sunset
Reviewer: Jack Merry
The Uncertain Light is the brand new fourth studio album from the German death metal heavyweights Act of Creation. Born from the ashes of the nineties German band E605, guitarist Carsten Schluch didn’t hesitate to form a new outfit with Act of Creation, and they return in 2020 with another merciless package of melodic death metal.
While not entirely unique – and I don’t think it’s meant to be – this is a balls-to-the-wall, throat-ripping, and anthemic melodic death metal album from the creeping opening notes of ‘The Burning Place’ to the relentless charge of the title track that closes the record. If melodic death metal is your thing, then this is an album definitely worth checking out.
Frontwoman Jess leaves her mark all over the album; delivering a powerhouse performance with a growl that sends shivers down your spine and shakes you to your very core. She has an impressive voice for this kind of music and would certainly be able to stand toe-to-toe with the best of them within the same genre. She really delivers the goods on explosive tracks such as ‘Break New Ground’ and the violent thrust of ‘State of Agony’ atop a raging rhythm section and an eruptive lead/rhythm guitar combination.
The riffs and vocal performances of ‘Legion’ sound as if they were dragged up from the depths of Hell itself, creating a deafening wall of sound and unleashes the demon that doesn’t let up. Blistering lead guitar work is all over the album, and I cannot praise this enough from a technical standpoint. ‘Hatefriend’ seems to borrow a little bit from the nu-metal genre with its Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park inspired main guitar parts, but soon turns into something that is purely metal; a monstrous example of excellent thrash combined with death metal themes.
Overall, The Uncertain Light is a solid example of a good death metal album in 2020; taking 80’s themes and melodic ideas and bringing them kicking and screaming into the present day. My only real gripe is that there’s not a lot of variety, but what is here is delivered with so much conviction that it’s almost irresistable. Act of Creation have unleashed a bold step into the future with this album and it’ll be interesting to see where the band’s journey takes them.