I don’t usually listen to crust metal as typically for me it just doesn’t work well as it just sounds like a mess, but I’ve never been one to shy away from trying something more than once so when I saw that Anopheli were known to be a “melodic” crust band I decided to take the chance and listen to their latest album “The Ache of Want”, and it is easily the best crust album that I have heard in my days as a metal head. The sheer emotion that you hear throughout “The Ache of Want” is so palpable that it’s unbelievable as it penetrates every fiber of your being and completely immerses you into a coat of emotion that you can’t shake off so long as you keep listening. It will begin off with a sort of somber and melancholy feel to it, but it will then switch to a more aggressive and fierce attitude which is naturally where the actual metal comes in and tears everything to pieces bit by bit. Everything came nicely together from the melodic vocals, the intense guitars, groovy bass, and rhythmic drums to where even when a song felt a little too drawn out, Anopheli still managed to squeeze some life into it and keep you listening for what is going to come next. And with tracks that range from four minutes to over eight, “The Ache of Want” just keeps pushing the boundaries of Anopheli’s abilities and right now those abilities are pretty damn well tuned and just good overall as it showed off the talent that this band has as a crust metal group. This is also only their second full length album, so I’d be very interested to see what they can come up with in the future as they definitely have the potential to be the first crust band that I can say I love, and that was all because “The Ache of Want” is such a solid, solid album one hundred percent.
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