Album 0172: Akercocke – Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone

Release Date: 2005
Genre: Progressive Black/Death Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Verdelet (04:46)
2. Seduced (04:40)
3. Shelter From The Sand (10:40)
4. Eyes Of The Dawn (04:41)
5. Abbadonna, Dying In The Sun (01:21)
6. Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone (05:13)
7. Intractable (03:57)
8. Seraphs And Silence (04:44)
9. The Penance (04:32)
10. Lex Talionis (03:30)

Total Length: 48:03

Verdelet didn’t start off well the first time I listened to it, because the first appearance of vocals are in the guttural death style. That is quickly remedied though as the band employs a whole host of vocal styles, and clean vocals actually kind of dominate this track, which is very fast paced and in the end is a great opener for the album. Seduced has some really cool riffs but none of the vocals in this track appeals to me at all, which isn’t quite the huge issue it can be in this instance.

Shelter From The Sand is a larger song in scope and length. The first few minutes go like the other tracks, but when the song slows down and focuses on the piano, it sounds like a different band entirely and is the reason I can listen to this album plenty of times and keep finding something new and cool. The end is great too. Eyes Of The Dawn has some pretty great bits, I like how their lyrics (when I can understand them) get a bit mythological. At least here they do. Some of the vocals also remind me a bit of Vintersorg.

Abbadonna, Dying In The Sun is pretty much an interlude/intro for the next track. Nothing of import really happens. Words That Go Unspoken, Deeds That Go Undone doesn’t really stand out to me too much but it is a fine song. Intractable has some neat, slightly softer moments and cool riffs. Seraphs And Silence is definitely awesome though, I kind of love it. There are even some parts that make me kind of giggle (in a good way) near the end.

The Penance also has some amazing riffs and moments. This band’s stuff is so good that I don’t even mind the really deep, unintelligible vocals at the beginning of the song. Lex Talionis is a more laid back track to end the album. It’s really soothing (except for the sudden end) and leads you back down to normal after this beast of an album. The first few moments of this album put me off for a long time, but once I gave it a chance I learned to love this album, and it gets better with each listen.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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