The four strangely tailored yet gentlemanly-suited English aristocrats known as Akercocke are back with the fifth installment in their Satanic Oeuvre - "Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone" their most overtly idiosyncratic purge yet. Brimming with ideas and sure of stance, it finally crystallizes their "Suffocation-meets-Emperor-by-way-of-Rush" credo.
First, we have "Verdelet," a menacing and slowly crawling predator that even though injured has enough adrenaline instilled within itself to rip your head off and then consume you whole. When even the slightest hint of hunger occurs, Akercocke employs its reserves intelligently and to grand effect, and this song waves its magical wand in many charming ways. "Seduced" ignites like old school Cannibal Corpse on too much acid. "Shelter from the Sand," with its unapologetic, Hemispheres-era Rush altar worship, collides intrinsically with follower "Eyes Of The Dawn-" hands down the most inherently evil-sounding offering on the disc.
One of my favorite percussionists in the genre-the inimitable David Gray-turns in his most incendiary performance to date (even costumed as Darth Vader - Watch the DVD!). Sir Jason Mendonca directs his elitist vision like a hawk roused from hunger by the stink of fermenting carrion. All in a day's work laddies!!
Other notables include the Arabian strains of the title track and
the O.G. Thrash-meets-country twang of "The Penance," which contains
a very distinguished if not altogether ominous riff built on a very
rock ‘n roll like structure. It's mind boggling stuff, and worthy
of every hail heaved upon its transgressive shell. Conclusion?? Satan
commands thee....BUY NOW!!
- Martin Bonsoir - Electronics
- David Gray - Drums
- Jason Mendonca - Vocals, Guitar
- Peter Theobalds - Bass
- Matt Wilcock - Guitar
- Shelter from the Sand
- Eyes of Dawn
- Abadonna, Dying In the Sun
- Words That Go Unspoken
- Seraphs and Silence
- The Penance
- Lex Talionis