Saturday, September 13, 2014

Anagnorisis - "Beyond All Light" (2013)

ANAGNORISIS "Beyond All Light"

Year: 2013
Genre: Black Metal
Country: USA

Track List:
  1. Eulerian Path
  2. This Cursed Blood
  3. Death Mimics Life
  4. Abyss
  5. Bountiful Godless Life
  6. Forever Night
With this masterpiece, USBM band Anagnorisis has reset the bar for what black metal should sound like in America.  The music is features aggressive, thundering riffing, driving percussion, and the vocals of Zachary Kerr (which feel like they are shredding your soul) who became almost instantly one of my favorite black metal vocalists.  I was first introduced to this band this summer at the Gilead Media Fest where they filled a last minute opening left by another band dropping out.  Their live set was intense.  It felt uncomfortable in the best kind of way.  Though I haven't been able to confirm their political leanings (they may not identify specifically as leftist), I feel that their two key themes of anti-civilization and anti-theism make them a good fit here.  As an interesting side note, on their first release Austin Lunn (of Panopticon) was a part of this project.  Check them out at their Bandcamp page below.

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