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Tuesday, 14 May 2013 00:00

Acolyte

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Alta (Mordgrimm)
by Adrian Roberts

When you think of extreme metal bands certain images come to mind. Long hair, shaved heads and hard-core riffing. But members of Manchester-based Acolyte look like they wouldn't be out of place in the latest indie band to stagger out of Camden and the music on new album Alta also offers the metal listener something different.

This is groove-orientated death metal which verges on the prog side of life - not a bad thing as the group are technically excellent.

This is proved to great effect on tracks Leng and Epistle and with a groove sound underscoring a lot of the songs it gives the listener something different, which on black metal albums is something to be celebrated.

A minor criticism is the song delivery seems to have been done - excuse the pun - to death already by a myriad of bands before them.

But they're young and with Alta they are starting from a great vantage point.

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