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Anachronaeon - "The Futile Quest for Immortality" (CD)

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"The Futile Quest for Immortality" track listing:

1. The Futile Quest (4:34)
2. Ages Ago (4:01)
3. The Beast Called Man (5:57)
4. Wither (4:01)
5. Towards Purity (6:24)
6. The Message (3:37)
7. The Darkness in the Corner of My Eyes (5:18)
8. Grief Was Never Far Away and I Invited Her to Stay (4:09)
9. End (5:57)

Reviewed by on February 21, 2011

"Anachronaeon splits the difference between bands like Arch Enemy and acts like Enthrope or Swallow the Sun, having a nice balance between brutality, melody, and dark atmosphere."

Sweden has been a consistent exporter of death metal that runs more toward the melodic side, and that great nation it is at it again with two-man act Anachronaeon. Focusing on issues of humanity’s failure, the heavy-yet-groovy album “The Futile Quest for Immortality” showcases a burgeoning talent in the underground metal scene that should be heard by anyone who can look past a few production issues.

Although clearly based heavily in the Gothenburg style of melodic death metal, the band might more aptly be titled something along the lines of “extreme dark metal.” Anachronaeon splits the difference between bands like Arch Enemy and acts like Enthrope or Swallow the Sun, having a nice balance between brutality, melody, and dark atmosphere.

On the vocal front, main man Patrik Carlsson uses a well enunciated death growl that’s actually fairly easy to understand. While that drops the brute force of the music quite a bit, it also adds a unique quality that isn’t heard from many other bands in the style. Clean vocals also pop up from time to time, which have a bit of a folk or Viking metal feel, adding another dimension to the already varied music.

The drumming plays a pretty big role in the music, but unfortunately it’s frequently relegated to a backing support role instead of taking charge and leading the music. Some noticeable exceptions do occur, however, such as the seriously rapid-fire drumming going on in “The Darkness in the Corner of My Eyes” and other tracks.

A few technical issues keep the album from reaching its true glory, as the production is a bit rough and the sounds are all faded in comparison to a more crisp and professionally produced album. “The Futile Quest for Immortality” is heavy, dark, melodic, and has impressive song writing for an unknown death metal duo. With a boost in the production department and perhaps a few vocal tweaks, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Anachronaeon end up on par with the best bands in the genre.

Highs: Proficient melodic death metal with varied influences

Lows: The production makes the music sound faded, and it could do with a bit more force overall

Bottom line: Underground melodic death metal that should be heard by fans of the Gothenburg sound.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)