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ACROSOME – Non-Pourable Lines

Band: Acrosome
Title: Non-Pourable Lines
Year: 2014
Country: Turkey
Label: Dusktone

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  1. I
  2. II
  3. III
  4. IV
  5. V
  6. VI
  7. VII – Today Is Yesterday

It is quite rare to come across an unusual name such as the Turkish project's Acrosome, a word that defines the organelle located on top of the head of spermatozoa, containing the enzymes necessary to enter the egg cell. This is probably a reference to the musician's experimental approach, willing to explore different fields despite a basis clearly close to black metal, always ready to tread on completely unrelated territories.

After the surprising 2011 EP "Dementia Praecox", this one-man band continued on its path under the cloak of the Italian label Dusktone, tireless observer of experimental scenes somewhat related to black metal. The 2014 debut album "Non-Pourable Lines" clocks in at 33'33", therefore remaining relatively short for a full-length. The opening is good, with the relaxed intro "I" followed by the aggressive "II", closer to black metal proper.

All the tracks are entitled with roman numbers from one to seven, while the final song also bears the subtitle "Today Is Yesterday". This record features some extremely interesting passages, that make the label "metal" too tight to define Acrosome's music. In fact, DA (this is the nickname of the multi-instrumentalist who founded the band) seem surprisingly less at ease when he deals with the more "standard" sections of his work, while the rest works pretty well. "Non-Pourable Lines" is a notable debut album with a few parts that feel a bit disconnected from the rest: I wasn't particularly impressed by some of the choices heard in "III", specifically the keyboard leads, while I found the slow-paced outro really interesting.

This album is almost entirely instrumental, and its restless atmosphere emerges explicitly. The closing track "VII – Today Is Yesterday" strikes the listener as being quite different from the rest, being it some sort of an afterthought following the outro. It is a depressive rock song sung by DA himself with a vocal style that didn't really leave an extraordinary impression on me. Around the middle of the song, the rhythm becomes a blast-beat ride. Perhaps the Turkish musician might benefit from other people's work on his next release, so that he could have more time to focus on individual aspects of his music, for example by leaving the vocals to someone else. There clearly is potential here and it comes out frequently ("V" is a really good song), but Acrosome possibly needs another little effort in order to offer a more complete experience on such durations.