What what I knew about Becoming Akh before coming into their 2015 EP Abolisher. It was metal, and it was on Transcending Records. I got the album and about a dozen others like it as part of a campaign to help Transcending Records with a flood that devastated their merchandise. I even wrote about it on Nine Circles. The first of a two-part concert album, Abolisher deals in a kind of mechanized progressive death/djent that sits high in a few sonic frequencies and eschews the rest.
Maybe that sits well with you. I listen to Abolisher and I can appreciate the effort that went into putting something this complex together by one guy. I’m always a sucker for one-man bass since it echoes my own situation and even when I’m not really into the kind of music Becoming Akh plays, I admire and can pick up tips from how Chris Wittren assembles this conceptual beast. Could the drums feel a little more punchy and human? Sure. Could we get a little bottom end in here somewhere? Yeah. But in the end the dude is executing something that sounds exactly like what he’s shooting for, and I can get behind that, even as I may not listen to it again.