I’ll bet you didn’t even know that Acherontas were going to release an album this year, because it more or less slipped right by in lieu of all the commotion. At any rate, the band are sticking true to their black metal roots here, while adding in just a few ritualistic bells and whistles in the form of short atmospheric bits dispersed throughout the album. Psychic Death is through and through a melodic black metal album and like other black metal discs that have been released this year, even they’re utilizing a few guitar solos. The drums blaze, the vocals are fierce and frankly, this is the most ravenous that I’ve heard the band sound in years. Despite the breaks, you are still getting pummeled by an act that doesn’t even have to go out of their way to throwback to the legends that inspired them. Plus, with some of the best melodies that I think I’ve ever heard from these guys, what more could you expect in a melodic black metal disc this year?