Koen S. : After one demo, sixteen splits, EP’s and a full length album ('Moloch' from 2016) in the last six years, the second album of the German combo ANCST called 'Ghosts Of The Timeless Void' will be released in March. The band formerly brought us a combination of black/crust and hardcore but the black metal influences on 'Ghosts Of The Timeless Void' are rather limited to a number of riffs and some atmospheric parts that are going more in the direction of post black. This is mainly melodic death metal in a mix with other styles, but it is the Gothenburg sound that immediately attracts the listeners attention, but then again, not during the whole album. Aggressive, melodic death filled with blast beats, breakdowns and brutal hardcore vocals, evil, socio-political lyrics and scorching guitars. Those vocals could have been sung by Tomas Lindberg of At The Gates himself. A track like 'Concrete Veins' is a punky D-beat song, while ' Republic Of Hatred’ starts with a spoken intro and a short drum solo, followed by an atmospheric post black interlude that explodes into a chaos of blast beats and superfast riffs. The diversity on this album is both a plus and a minus: if you like to put your music in marked boxes, you could have some problems with ‘Ghosts Of The Timeless Void’, but if you are curious about this combination of different styles and if you feel ready to be blown away by an attack of aggressive energy, you need to check 'Ghosts Of The Timeless Void’. Highlights are ‘Republic Of Hatred’, ‘Dying Embers', ‘Unmasking The Imposters’ and ‘Dysthymia’.