Romania's Akral Necrosis have returned with a new recording which shows the music going for more of a mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2020 album "The Greater Absence" which was released by Loud Rage Music.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album while the vocals are a mixture of high pitched yet grim black metal screams and death metal growls. When the music speeds up a great amount of brutal sounding blast beats can be heard while the tremolo picking also gives the songs more of a raw feeling.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very melodic yet chaotic style while the songs also add in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts. Clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with some whispered vocal also being utilized briefly.
One track also introduces spoken word parts onto the recording along with the riffs also adding in a small amount of melody at times as well as some of the tracks also getting more longer in epic in length as the album progresses. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics are a concept album based upon a character obsessed with the occult and who discovers a superficial approach towards the unknown can have unexpected consequences.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Akral Necrosis and if you are a fan of black and death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Silent Altar" "Man In The Cauldron" "Plaguebound" and "Damnatio Memoriae". 8 out of 10.