The Canadian outfit features former members of underground miscreants Titan and Vilipend, but their songwriting sets them on a new plane of aural mayhem.
Recorded and produced by Greg Dawson (Mare, Moneen) and mastered by James Plotkin (OLD, Khanate), each song on Victoria/Jeiunium is directly inspired by one of late great Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński's paintings. "Originally, the idea was four one-sided vinyl EPs based upon his work, each representing one of the horsemen of the apocalypse mythos as well," says vocalist Chris Gramlich. "However, it became two LPs—of which Victoria/Jeiunium (which translates as conquest/famine) is the first sermon."
Sonically, Ancress has a lot in common with such metallic hardcore greats as Integrity and Pulling Teeth, but like those bands, they also mix a healthy dose of death metal into the stew.
-- Carlos Ramirez - No Echo