Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone
Review by Adam M on February 2, 2016.
Akerocke brings a dark atmosphere to the table with Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone. There is a combination of progressive metal and death metal on this album that is one of a kind. There are grunts and blast beats, but then there are also long and drawn out sections as well.
The amount of variety is always appropriate and ensures that this is no one-dimensional death metal offering. The use of long drawn out passages is usually successful for this band, for example. It also leads to guitar usage that is skewered in directions that the band sounds appealing. A lot of different tones are utilized on this work. The dichotomy between louder and softer sections is effective, but so is the use of growled and clean vocals. All of these switches can be seen from the first track Verdelet, but there are strong dynamics in other songs as well. Regardless of what tone is chosen, the music is usually as intense as any death metal recording. It is simply the variety of different musical directions that the band takes that also makes them progressive in nature. When the band wants to be aggressive, they put the pedal on the metal, but what can be heard from these passages is more intelligent than your typical death metal fare. The key ingredient of darkness holds up no matter what speed the music is proceeding at, however. The fulfillment of the video for “Leviathan” can be seen with this album. This really is intelligent death metal that is worthy of people in suits being the ones performing it.
When all is taken as a whole, Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone is one of the most thoughtful albums of 2005. It is an album that is able to convey any mood with the proper tone.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10