It’s been a while since I’ve heard a record which sounded like something I’ve never heard before. Most of the albums were quite good, but not refreshing. And I never would expect that Akercocke would give me that feeling. The last Akercocke album I bought was ‘The Goat of Mendes’. Which is their 2nd album, but that one was just the average metal album for me although it sounded different to the other albums I owned, but for some reason it did not overwhelm me. So I was quite astonished about their latest and 4th release ‘Words That Go Unspoken Deeds That Go Undone’.
Words That Go Unspoken Deeds That Go Undone just pushed me deeper into my chair when I pressed the play button of my stereo. It begins quite impressing. Catchy thrash riffs for a few seconds, then a grindcore like part, after that it turns in something more gothic/doom like metal. Aggressive passages are change into slow melodic guitar licks, screaming guitars alternate with clean guitar parts. What a mix. Just like the vocals, one moment you hear some goregrind grunts, the next seconds your hear a black metal scream and the you hear clean vocals.
I must say I’ve never heard a cd like Words That Go Unspoken Deeds That Go Undone before. Akercocke really unleashed a record that will not get boring to me. It has so much variety. It is influenced by so many bands. Bands that come up in my mind during listen this record are Slayer, My Dying Bride, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Mayhem and Fates Warning. In the song Shelter from the Sand, which is also my favourite song on this record, Akercocke treats you one a some like industrial synthesiser like trip. And another thing you would not expect is the folk-like song Lex Talionis which completes the record.
Not only the songs are great, but the production is awesome as well. It really fits to the atmosphere Akercocke creates. If no other band releases a better album this year Words That Go Unspoken Deeds That Go Undone will be number 1 on my list of best albums of 2005.