Ancst – Ghosts of the Timeless Void (2018)


Unleashing a very unique amalgamation of different styles, today we have Germany’s Ancst and their crushing release “Ghosts of the Timeless Void”. Blending Black Metal with Hardcore and Crust elements, the band crafts a very punishing and direct sound that is not for the faint of heart and weak of mind. Delivering over 41 minutes of music, this release will have you listening to it over and over to discover all the intricate layers build on-top a very aggressive foundation.

Opening with the melodic guitars of “Dying Embers”, the band quickly escalates the situation with blistering drums and hyper aggressive vocals. The complexly crafted brutality is quite interesting and it allows the band to explore multiple combinations of genres in a very chaotic and yet directed way. While songs like “Shackles of Democracy” have melodic undertones, the punkishness of “Concrete Views” allows the band to pivot from what the listener expects into what they are most comfortable doing.

Perfectly blending melodic passages with sheer aggression, “Revelation of Deformity” is one of our favorite tracks in this release. For those looking for heavier and more Deathcore-esque influences, “Unmasking the Imposters” delivers a bag of bricks to the face feeling with its incisive riffs and crafty tempo changes. While the band pummels through songs like “Quicksand”, “Republic of Hatred” and “Dysrhythmia”, we are quite pleased with the atmospheric elements thrown into the mix, allowing their sound to be more dynamic and engaging.

Always keeping things fresh, the band closes with the Black Metal-ish influences of “Sanctity” and the Hardcore vibe of “Self-Portrait”. Overall, “Ghosts of the Timeless Void” is one hell of a unique release that is both full of demoralizing brutality and intricate musicianship, making it one of the most complete albums of 2018. If you are on the fence about getting this one, you will most certainly not be disappointed with the band’s dynamic and all-encompassing sound.

Band: Ancst Album: Ghosts of the Timeless Void

Label: LifeForce Records

Release: March 2nd, 2018

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Genre: Blackened Metal/Crust/Hardcore

Country: Germany

Rating: 90/100

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