Akercocke, "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone"
Akercocke have decided to expand on the arsenal that brought us some truly crushing albums over the past few years. These mad Brits have decided to show off a more progressive side in a move that reminds me of Enslaved's last three albums. Sadly the similarities between this album and those three masterpieces ends there. There is no seamless blending of death metal with progressive influences here a'la Cynic. This album is also dragged down by a lot of what is to be thought of as tortured screaming but instead comes off somewhat silly. Actually it reminds me of watching Army of Darkness, one of the silliest movies ever made, (though a classic). The vocals are all over the place between indecipherable guttural vocals, pained shrieks and horrible clean singing. All of these vocal missteps are most apparent on the interminable 11-minute epic Shelter from the Sand. This song is also polluted by an excessive use of keyboards that make the song seem much longer than it already is. The music behind these vocal atrocities is fairly decent although it tries too hard to be everything at once. I honestly think they had way too many ideas on this album and instead of wisely paring it down a bit they decided to throw everything in and see how it came out. This feels like a fusion of their earlier work with an attempt to incorporate a more Opeth feel to it and it is not a good mix. This is a total clusterfuck from what is a pretty solid band. I salute them for going out on a limb when they could have stuck to trying to remake The Goat of Mendes again. However this was so ham-handedly done that I can't do anything other than turn it off. Here’s to hoping they learn from their mistakes for the next album.K.Huckins