Akercocke – Antichrist (2007)

Upon its release, Antichrist quickly became one of my favourite releases by the band. It retained the experimental, proggy edge of the previous record – which featured much more lighter songwriting and meandering exploration – and mashed that head on with brutal old school death metal.

Akercocke have always had a death metal element to their sinister sound, of course, but the style here is totally different; you’ve got d-beats, more grooves, and more sludgy old school riffs. Mix that with the previously mentioned progressive edge, and also with Akercocke’s trademark, lightening fast, terrifying satanic ferocity, and Antichrist is one of the hardest hitting – if not the most easily accessible – offering that the band ever recorded. One of my favourite albums of all time, no doubt.