Acheron are a band originally from Florida but now based in Ohio and has been featured before in this zine and on this recording played and early form of blackened death metal and this is a review of their 1992 album "Rites Of The Black Mass" which will be re-issued on February 23rd by Vic Records.
Ritualistic sounding keyboards start off the album and also gives the music more of a horror movie atmosphere along with some satanic chanting a few seconds later before going into a very fast direction which also uses a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats along with a great amount of black metal elements.
Vocals are mostly deep death metal growls while the solos and leads stick to a more traditional Tampa Bay style along with some intros before each track as well as the heavy riffing also bringing in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies and elements of doom metal can also be heard in the slower sections of the songs and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
On this recording Acheron played more of a ritualistic blackened death metal style that is more simplistic than most bands of the genre while also adding in a touch of doom metal, the production sounds very dark and raw while t he lyrics cover Laveyan Satanism.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Acheron a nd if you are a fan of black and death metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRRACKS "To Thee We Confess" "Ave Sathanas "Unholy Praises" and "Let Us Depart". 8/5 out of 10.