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Review: Akrival - Vitriolic

Label: Pictonian Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 45:12
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: September 24, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)

Some German Black Metal here that sounds quite a bit like the mid to late 90s Scandinavian stuff.  If you're looking for atmospheric material, you won't find it in Vitriolic.  This is some blasting Black Metal that rattles the walls from beginning to end.  Some powerful drumming here that doesn't rely on constant blast beats, but rather an often fast-paced style, sometimes slowing down but always very powerful (great job on the sound).  Akrival have a tendency to play on the technical end of the spectrum - this is not your typical minimalistic BM: This band plays it tight and varies the tempo more often than I care to count.  An "inattentive" listen would lead one to believe that this is an all-out speed assault à la Dark Funeral (not that there's anything wrong with that), but you pay closer attention and can appreciate all the "variation on a theme" that Akrival throw in.  The vocals are sharp, hate-filled BM screeches that the vocalist literally spit into the mic, and they're worth lending an ear to as this is some of the best vocal work of that style I've heard in a while, giving this somewhat polished musical onslaught an added raw and brutal edge.  The influences and basic style may not be the most original, but Akrival pump in some new life into an abused genre with their technical edge.  Good stuff.

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