Review by JD on March 7, 2018.
I went into this review, basically not knowing a one damned thing about the band Akroma. I did my research and listened to the CD about four times (my usual, before writing) and I found out some things about Akroma. They are from France, they are a multi-layered, guest heavy, multi personnel band and… they are mind-blowing.
Basing their lyrics on darker biblical studies (7 Deadly Sins and 10 Commandments), as well as other interpretations within them… Akroma comes at you like a buzz saw that has a message to it. Combining the constant lyrical images with progressive metal, death and black metal with a huge dosing of symphonic and power - you get a project that is hard to describe, and hard to ignore as well.
With expert musicianship and a group of different singers to bring different angles to the music, Akroma shows their stuff. I loved mostly every track, especially the brutal and haunting 'Sanctus' that seemed to grow and move as if truly alive as it tells its tale. Even 'Lux Aeterna' shows musical majesty that never overcomes the haunting operatic female vocals or competes with the BM screams that are being done so well. The only song I thought was off was the eight plus minute 'Offertorium'… as it was not as focused in my mind and ears, but still had its moments.
That is what Akroma is, and what the songs are as well. One small speed bump in the greater scope… truly fantastic music and powerful subject matter. I usually don’t go for this type of music, but I loved this album and all of its twist and turns… and its complex uniqueness as well. A job well done, from an extreme album that begs to be heard.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10