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Fuck The Ways of Christ!!! - 75%

chaossphere, May 26th, 2004

Appearing roughly midway through Acheron's career so far, Anti God, Anti Christ marked something of a turning point for the band. This is the first time they decided to integrate keyboards into the actual music, rather than relegating them to just the traditional intro tracks between each song. The intro's are, of course, still here (something which they seem to have given up after this disc), this time featuring numerous appropriate quotes from Friedrich Nietzche's "The Antichrist".

The subject matter, obviously, is mostly more anti-christian and slightly less traditional Satanic (LaVey issue) philosophy than usual, although "Baptism For Devlyn Alexandra" retains that aspect. The highlight here is definitely the first proper song, the anthemic "Fuck The Way Of Christ", followed by the closing cover of Non's "Total War".

The usual elements you'd expect from an Acheron release are all firmly in place here - midpaced catchy death metal driven by straightfoward drums (provided here by current band-whore extraordinaire Richard Christy, who delivers a much more subtle peformance than his more famous drum-wankery on his material with Death and Control Denied), and of course Vincent Crowley's rough barking vocals.

The guitar work is mostly quite simple until the lead breaks appear, at which point Michael Estes is free to burst out with some serious shredding solo work. And of course, there's the intro's. Some may argue that they're overdone, but they were a very large part of Acheron's charm, and it's somewhat saddening that the band no longer does this. Then again, if they weren't here, this would be considered an EP - it barely clocks 30 minutes, with only 4 original metal songs. It seems a bit lazy to me - surely they could have written a couple more. Not to worry, the material is solid enough to make for an enjoyable listen, and the lack of filler is a plus anyway.

Oh yeah, and there's a stupid bunch of silent tracks at the end of the CD, followed by a particularly worthless outro track. 10 points off point off for that little annoyance.