Renaissance In Extremis
Review by Adam M on September 13, 2017.
Akerocke bring a really dark aura to the table. There are a number of progressive moments on this disc that make this the most thoughtful thing in their catalogue. The combination of death metal and black metal with progressive music works best here and the band’s skill is brought to the forefront. The complexity of the songs is at a premium. They go through a number of different shifts and changes to produce what is very solid dark metal music.
The sound of the band has the evil vibe that is one of a kind and unique to them only. This is certainly brought about through the guitar riffs, which are very wired sounding. Still, the band manages to keep things in check and make the album accessible enough for repeated listens. This is partially because of the death metal flair that occupies a large portion of the disc. The deeper more progressive moments are contrasted with these moments of death metal assault to create a varied and interesting platter. As I liked Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone, it is nice that Akercocke maintains the balance between death metal and progressive music in a similar fashion to here. What’s nice is that the prog elements are brought into the foreground slightly and focused upon more. This only leads to an even deeper release from the band. The mixture of clean vocals with harsh ones is effective and emulates the mood the band is aiming for at the time.
Renaissance in Extremis really is a disc that has many interesting shades of elements from a couple of subgenres and melds them together successfully. Though the band doesn’t completely knock it out of the park in terms of the consistency found on this release, the balance of different musical elements makes for an entity greater than the sum of its parts.
Rating: 7.7 out of 10