Aniconism is the practice of shunning visual representations of deities and divine beings; thematically, this appears to be a slightly more nihilistic manifestation of Deathspell Omega’s metaphysical Satanism; unfortunately, the band are not especially forthcoming with information. They are, however, forthcoming with an unholy cacophony the likes of which should not be possible with just guitar and drums.
Anicon are Owen Rundquist and Nolan Voss from New York. They make dense, melodic black metal in the vein of Inquisition, albeit with a vocal rasp that is less distracting than Dagon’s. Their debut self-titled EP is produced by the ubiquitous Colin Marston, resulting in a sound that is not over-polished but enunciated, particularly in the gut-punch of the drums.
They demonstrate a dynamism that is unusual in black metal, particularly in my favorite of the four tracks, "Lash and Ladder", which segues from a maelstrom of blastbeats and tremolo picking into a mid-paced, galloping riff that would make Kerry King proud. Highly recommended.
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