Axis Of Advance: Heavier Than Death Metal
Mike Ross of the Edmonton Sun describes just how heavy Canadian band Axis of Advance is in an article at Canoe. Several excerpts from the article:
Silly me -- here I thought there was nothing heavier than "death metal." Listening to the music of Edmonton's Axis of Advance is like knowing about the biggest black hole there is, only to find out there's a bigger and blacker hole lurking behind it, sucking all light and life into its gaping maw of hellish, gravity-mutilating brutality.
Words such as "crushing" and "demonic" are also useful to describe this sort of music.
Those who label such things call it "war metal," so perhaps it's no coincidence the band name begins with the menacing and suggestive word "Axis" or that one of the band members is actually named "Wor." Note the umlaut over the "o." Nothing says heavy like an umlaut. Just ask Motorhead.
One may discover for themselves during the show tomorrow night at Krobar on Whyte Avenue. Wor describes a typical AoA show as "pretty aggressive, pretty violent" with "maniacs freaking out and ripping their hair out. It's great."
Perhaps that explains why there are so many bald metal bands, but I digress. The band's latest CD, Obey, is admittedly an "acquired taste," a bitter, bubbling stew of maniacal tempo shifts, sledgehammer guitar assaults and a grim, Orwellian world view.
And don't forget the enraged Cookie Monster vocals. Well, no surprises so far. The album earned nine skulls out of 10 in Anvil magazine, four out of five 'K's in Kerrang! The phrase "extreme death metal" comes up more than once in the band's press.
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