A little cowbell, says Brutalist. A tentative album of the year for Swie and others. How did I not hear this before now? I said Algleymi was my favorite album already. I can’t go back on that, can I?
Call me inconsistent, a fraud; frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. Achatius is the apotheosis of extreme metal (and heavy metal in general). Legendary drums, riffs, reverence and innovation colliding, a masterpiece of cowbell. The vocals?! just listen to this thing. Mountain is praised with Darkthrone, Immortal, Judas Priest, they all show up here. Punk too. This is perfection. If you know someone who won’t give black metal a chance, but loves classic heavy metal, thrash, punk, even prog, then throw this at them. If you know literally any drummers in heavy music, unload this shotgun in their face and dare them not to love every fucking second. The gauntlet is thrown down.
Favorite track: Wherein a Messenger of the Devil Appears.