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Acephalix: Interminable Night
Crust Punk, Death Metal
Southern Lord Records
May 24th, 2011
Release length: 25:53
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California-based Acephalix formed back in 2007, and since then has issued four demos for their recordings, two building up to the release of their underground debut EP Patricide, followed by their full-length debut Aporia. Roughly one year and two more demo recordings later, Acephalix returns with their second full-length recording, Interminable Night. The band’s signature combination of Crust Punk and Death Metal lends an atmosphere of disgusting, dirty old-school Death Metal many fans of the style will warmingly embrace, and with the band’s recent signing to issue the album through Southern Lord Records, more individuals will be exposed to this brand of tenacious audible onslaught.

With Death Metal acts today, many just seem to follow the same kind of general sound, idea, or even gimmick. With Deathcore flooding the market, it’s refreshing to hear a band like Acephalix perform the style in this manner, especially with them doing it so well. Musically, the album has the classic Death Metal groove to it that bands like Cannibal Corpse have put on the map over the years, but the the dirty Crust Punk influence is clearly audible in the music, which is nicely complimented by the rather raw quality of the album. The vocals are heavily echoed gutterals with a good range to reach higher rhaspy wails at times for adding intensity, all of which work well with the greatly distorted guitars, heavy distinct bass, and fantastic drumming that captures a two-step performance well.

For as dirty as the album comes off, some tracks definitely feel a lot more brutal then others. “Christhole” just feels like a really heavy and dirty Crust Punk fused assault at the listener. The Death Metal is clearly present though, but it doesn’t quite feel as crushing and, in many instances, will make the listener want to dance moreso then just start a mosh pit. ‘In Arms of Nothing” is essentially the same way, having a somewhat more upbeat vibe to the song then a crushing and brutal one. But with that, these tracks also feel more raw and energetic compared to the heavier, more brutal songs like “Immemorial Past” and “Interminable Night”, the latter of the two moving at a skull crushing pace that seems to leave behind much of any Punk influence and focus more on that traditional old-school Death Metal sound. With that comes an addictingly catchy and overall intimidating track of brutality full of intense groovey hooks and well paced drumming that seems to only give way to a Crust input during some later bridges. A later bridge in the song actually takes on a more common Swedish Death Metal groove before hammering into a well done guitar solo to suit the overall atmosphere of the recording.

The production of the album, as mentioned, is still a little raw. Considering the brand of Death Metal the band is weaving here, that raw sound works well to create an album that feels a little more primal in a sense, though often doesn’t distinguish itself well between a more aggressive Punk attitude, and a brutal Death Metal intensity. Every song does have an underlying groove to the music, but it varies greatly and doesn’t really seem to have a reason as to why. While some songs may make it seem like the heavier tracks have more of a groove, you then have songs like “Christhole” proving that wrong with it’s dirtier sound. The only complaint with the music is that some songs do ultimately feel a little restrained after a while, like “Daemonic Sign” which is a good track in all, but the music seems to be held back a bit to focus more on the groovey aspect of the music with the only real energetic output coming from the guitar solo near the end, and the catchier chorus that seems to have a stronger bass guitar influence compared to the rest of the music.

Overall, Interminable Night is a nice collection of seven new songs by Acephalix, and are performed in a manner that you don’t really get to hear that much nowadays. The dirty mixture of raw Crust Punk with Death Metal sounds good in the long run, and it’s quite enjoyable from start to finish. Each track sounds good from start to finish, and there’s no song here or there that sounds better then another, or any tracks that will leave you hitting the skip button the whole twenty five plus minutes of this full-length recording. While it’s not the most amazing of the Crust Punk and Death Metal style, it’s executed well and won’t leave the listener disapointed with it’s brand of dirty crusty Death Metal.

01. Christhole – 3:08
02. Daemonic Sign – 2:55
03. Rebirth Into Perversion – 3:41
04. In Arms of Nothing – 4:06
05. Warm Flesh – 3:12
06. Interminable Night – 5:24
Overall Score: 8/10

Digital review copy of this release provided by Southern Lord Records via Earsplit PR.