Anael - _On Wings of Mercury_
(Barbarian Wrath / Iron Tyrant, 2005)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6.5 out of 10)
Tortuous mid-paced riffs and drums, strained vocals, and a dank atmosphere permeating a sound that reeks of old-school: that is _On Wings of Mercury_ in a nutshell. Anael are hard to pin down to a specific genre -- in a similar way as Akercocke are, for instance, but for quite different reasons (i.e., it certainly doesn't involve being progressive). _On Wings of Mercury_ seems to be comprised of elements harvested from black, thrash and death metal caught in a time loop well over a decade ago, but even though it sounds decidedly old-school, it still avoids sounding simply dated. There's just a sense of something old and musty, but still quite alive, about Anael's music. However, over the course of ten tracks, the album does tend to grow a bit stale; it lacks some more bursts of real speed and viciousness, something to give the affair some more variety. _On Wings of Mercury_ is an album that generates an interesting atmosphere, and has enough character to justify its existence, but fails to be sufficiently exciting or memorable to really stand out.


(article published 31/10/2005)

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