I’ve often been known to lambast current trends in metal, the kind of medicore crap that leads to stagnation. This here brief post is going to be a positive one, though! One of my fave acts in the early 1990s was Missouri’s Anacrusis. I have championed them alongside Death, Sadus, Cynic, Sacrifice, Carcass, Coroner and Atheist for pushing the boundaries of ultra-heavy metal. Anacrusis is definitely one of the few bands that proved crushingly heavy tunes could still be catchy and melodic. Anacrusis is regrouping for a couple of gigs after releasing a disc of re-recorded old tunes.
Here’s a link to an interview with Anacrusis guitarist/vocalist Kenn Nardi: http://www.riverfronttimes.com/2010-04-14/music/alive-again-local-metal-soldiers-anacrusis-ahead-of-their-time-now-they-are-back/.
Though it seems that thrash kind of became a trend in the past few years, I didn’t suddenly latch onto any kind of nostalgia for it. Come on folks, it was an integral part of my life when I was in my teens and early twenties. Somewhere along the track the reliance on the low B-string of 7-string guitars, digital amp modelers, sound replacement software and the like really killed the scene for me. They human element was being removed from metal. Some bands are consistent and give you a reason to stick by them. If I’m in the mood to thrash out, I’ll throw on one of the bands I mentioned above. More often than not, I just want to hear something that rawks hard ‘n’ loud without some idiot squealing like a pig or Cookie Monstering. Anacrusis was always unique and is a welcome breath of fresh air compared to all those mallcore bands.