Acanthrophis Releases Twilight of the Vanquisher’s Reign


Acanthrophis has completed its debut, Twilight of the Vanquisher’s Reign, of blackened death metal in the style of Dissection with NWOBHM and progressive metal influences. The album will be available to the public in physical form at the first show the band will play, which will be June 25, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI with House of Atreus and Khazad Dum.

Taking a more death metal approach to the black metal/heavy metal hybrid made famous by Swedish bands, Acanthrophis introduces more of an old school metal approach with the strong thematic centering of NWOBHM bands. On top of this, it layers riffs composed in the lighter side of black metal with a technical edge, creating songs that relentlessly hammer out a theme without repeating it in the same context time and again.

For those coming to metal from a neo-metal perspective, Acanthrophis offers a doorway into the continuity of the metal tradition while using the updated techniques from the death metal, black metal and progressive/technical metal spectrum. The result is both aggressive and texturally dense without rambling, which gives the listener both communication and variation for the aesthetic pleasure of contrast.

Acanthrophis Members:

  • Jim Becker (Bass)
  • Noel Chandek (Drums)
  • Joe Getse (Vocals)
  • Jerry Hauppa (Guitars)

For more information, seek out the Acanthrophis Faceplant page.

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4 thoughts on “Acanthrophis Releases Twilight of the Vanquisher’s Reign

  1. Rainer Weikusat says:

    Some kind of machine-made mangling of the text seems to have occurred here, eg, it uses dying metal and demise metal instead of death metal.

  2. Ara says:

    Thanks for the kind words- this is a new project of mine so if you guys wanted to give some input that would be cool.

    1. Rainer Weikusat says:

      If I may offer an unqualified opinion: This is not bad and I’d certainly enjoy this played live. But this is too much built on conventional idea of ‘melodicalness’ (I’ve made that up) that I’d want to listen to this in private. Emotionally, this conveys pathos (no negative connotations intended) and that’s almost never compatible with anything I encounter in my life.

      1. Ara says:

        I can see that. Regardless of the project I write for I tend to be a very melody-driven player and choose to write songs around melody as focal points. I find it difficult to have songs speak as songs without a melodic theme to identify but I can see how that can get it the way of the barbaric nature of metal for some listeners and I aim to balance the two. For this project I was definitely letting my older melodic metal influences shine more than usual. Thanks for listening.

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