Album Review: Acherontas – ‘Ma-Ion (Formulas of Reptilian Communication)’ (Metal)


By Jeff Black
5/5 Dragons
Review from Vandala Magazine; October 2015 Issue
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What a delightful mess! This album has long-ass song titles complete with parenthesis, at least four different languages, anti-cosmic worldviews and lyrics that mention some sort of pan-Eurasian demon/deity every second word. Folk already familiar with the bands previous albums will already be prepped for the drawn out sections of ritual ambience, heathen invocations, snare drums abuse and high-flying tremolo picking. But unlike 2013’s Amenti, this album steps away from the dust-cloaked corridors of Set, looking instead to the stars and the ever-lasting night. This is a great album, best as a full listen, maybe as a Hellenic black metal backdrop to esoteric literature or perhaps the soundtrack to cooking a particularly satanic casserole. There are no “stand out” tracks – it’s not that kind of record. Just turn the lights out, put it on, and don’t even try to tell me that you weren’t gibbering like a lunatic by the end of it. Can I get a “ΤΗΝ ΑΓΙΟΤΗΤΑ ΣΑΣ ΕΠΙΚΑΛΟΥΜΑΣΘΕ! ”? Once more, everybody, with feeling!

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