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2.67 | 29 ratings

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2 stars Reasonably good?

It was quite a surprise for me when I stumbled a few days ago into Anacrusis on PA. Anacrusis is a band whose music I have known for years now, but I didn't expect them to turn up at PA. Anacrusis started of as a band much in the vein of Slayer on their debut "Show No Mercy". In a span of 5 years they recorded 4 studio albums and their musical style developed from thrash into a unique kind of industrial prog metal. What I always liked about Anacrusis (besides their music) was their endearing attitude towards their fans. A good example of this is their official home page. Here you can still find and legally download all of their studio albums, 3 demo's and 3 live concert registrations. With this first PA-review of their album "Reason" I like to pay them the respect they surely deserve.
Reason is Anacrusis' second album on which they took quite a step forward from stereotyped thrash to a more adventurous kind of thrash. However their best was yet to come!

1) Stop Me [7/10]
2) Terrified [5/10]
3) Not Forgotten [6/10]
4) Wrong [6/10]
5) Silent Crime [5/10]
6) Misshapen Intent [5/10]
7) Afraid To Feel [6/10]
8) Child Inside [6/10]
9) Vital [7/10]
10) Quick To Doubt [5/10]
11) Killing My Mind [6/10]
12) Injustice [5/10]

What I like about this album is the way heavy thrash parts are blended with dreamy interludes. However the vocals are not Anacrusis' greatest asset here. Kenn Nardi (the singer) puts a lot of variety in the changing moods he tries to express. Unfortunately his vocal range is a bit limited and is not equal to the musicianship displayed here. I can understand that some listeners might find the "screaming" parts quite annoying.
IMO "Reason" is a decent, but fans-only album. I would recommend it to fans of prog metal with a thrashy edge. If you're looking for the best introduction to Anacrusis' music, than I would recommend first listening to their third album. As this album - Manic Impressions - is even more catchy, has a much better production and it seems that Anacrusis finally "found" the sound they were striving for.

Album rating: 53% = 2 stars

Draconean | 2/5 |


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