by Stuart McBratney in New Music on Saturday 21 January 2012

If you crave a big dose of metal without the guttural growls, Akaname’s self-titled third album hits the spot. This instrumental opus is epic without being brutal, rhythmically dextrous without devolving into mathcore, and musically layered without succumbing to Scandinavian-style symphonic bombast. Enjoy this compelling, dark adventure at midnight. And play it loud.