Reviewed: February 2022
Released: 2022, Folter Records
Reviewer: Demitri Levantis
It’s not uncommon for a band to exist for a good few years without releasing any material, but it might pull into question the quality of said material if the band has been putting off a full length release for almost two decades. This is the case for the German project Anachoret, who, despite releasing a number of splits and EPs over the years, has finally given the world its debut album, “Syndrom.”
But, I can well and truly tell you that it was worth the wait of this German gem – for it packs the punches, rides, thrills and spills that make a black metal album enjoyable, catchy and full of replay value. Every single song is beautifully structured with some of the finest blast beats I’ve heard in quite a while, not to mention the atmospheric guitars and occasional keys that put Falls of Rauros to shame.
Every year I compile a top list of all metal albums I have heard and Syndrom is going to be high on the last despite it being only January. Anachoret has set the stakes high and steadfast for me as it will take quite an earworm to top what this one-man project from Bavaria has brought to the black metal table.
If you’re someone who enjoys a roller coaster thrill ride on a sea of blast beats and jagged guitars that stick in your head like cheap superglue, put Anachoret on immediately. This is an excellent album with the right level of production that will echo far and wide across Europe, Britain and the States drawing in followers both old and new to the atmospheric black metal world.
Magnificence put to music is all I can really say about this German jewel in the unholy crown.