Wednesday, December 10, 2014

AXENSTAR: "Where Dreams Are Forgotten"

Rating: RR-
Label: Inner Wound 2014
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Title correction: Where songs are forgotten? Not quite, but at the same time easily accepted as the harsh reality for Axenstar. They have the bombastic power metal style going on at full speed where a galloping rhythm section and blistering solos are just as important to their overall sound as the lack of proper melodies. It's like if they're playing easy-listening music of Power Metal, a slightly dafter version of all the great bands in the past.

It's the opposite to the classic and ultimate bombastic riff age of Running Wild's Death Or Glory, hands down, the best speedy power metal album ever? Believe me, those guitars and melodies will no doubt rock your socks off. This on the other hand sounding suspiciously like socks that sucks and a lot of this due to muffled vocals. And yes, this is the season to be jolly. So okay. It's not threatening, groundbreaking, exciting, nor original? Songs like "Sweet farewell" and "Annihilation" are still rather interesting with over-the-top structures and excellent guitar work. Nonetheless, there are so many of these acts around as of lately and the genre is in rapidly danger of overflowing.

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