Monday, February 25, 2013

BOIL: "aXiom"

Rating: RRRR
Label: Vicisolum 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Step right in... 'The Madhatter said to Alice'. Nervousness, depression, strapped down, medicated, sedated, restrained. The spanking new episode of Geordie Shore? Nah. Merely some of the brand new topics found at the latest album from the Aarhus, Denmark rockers of Boil. The inspirations of "Axiom" came out of a series of interviews the band (with the help of various mental institutions and organisations) arranged with a number of people suffering from mental disorders, especially paranoid schizophrenics suffering from delusions.

...And before you ask. No, they didn't talk to yours truly even though I believe to be an ancient Norse God with the power to either praise albums/bands or... ehem, not praise them? Maybe next time, huh? So this is Mental Metal? It's however the rather strange concept album largely based on the extensive notes from the bedlam sessions. Mixed and mastered by the reknowned Swedish producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Soilwork, Symphony X) and featuring artwork by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Katatonia), expect nothing but proper craftsmanship.

The darn good and darn right refreshing album can be loosely defined as Progressive Metal, or the collection of complexity and catchiness with elements of poly-rhythmic modern metal and just the hint of electronica. Highly technical and sonical metal music with a different rhythm of the heart. One thing's for sure, they do not march to the beat of a normal/standard drum. Jacob Løbner goes through several stages of vocal flexibilty and it's clearly the full spectrum on display here. The blend of prog, melodic rock, as well as alternative nineties rock/metal, may not appeal to everyone. However, it's sheer quality throughout the album.

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