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Axis Powers - "Marching Towards Destruction" (CD)

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"Marching Towards Destruction" track listing:

1. Marching Towards Destruction (2:06)
2. War Of Attrition (4:16)
3. Brutal War (4:56)
4. Outbreak Of The Blitz (3:58)
5. Mankind Dead And Raped (3:50)
6. Slowly To Decay (3:47)
7. Another Onslaught (3:22)
8. Forward March (3:14)
9. Artillery Pointing West (5:24)

Reviewed by on November 13, 2009

"“Marching Towards Destruction,” despite its flaws, is a refreshing album in an era of blindingly technical metal a la Necrophagist and Origin. "

Formed from members of label mates Suicidal Winds, Axis Powers is a death metal band that wants to get back to the basics of good, heavy death metal. “Marching Towards Destruction,” despite its flaws, is a refreshing album in an era of blindingly technical metal a la Necrophagist and Origin.

This album comes off as a Swedish-ized version of old school death metal. The riffs are well written and very heavy, the drums are basic, but fit the music (not many fills are involved), the bass is utilized (though, in my opinion, not nearly enough), and the production is high and keeps just enough atmosphere to keep the music very heavy. My favorite aspect of Axis Powers’ music, though, are the vocals. The vocalist has a deep, unrelenting style that isn’t particularly guttural, but are some of the most fitting vocals I’ve heard in a long time.

The album’s war motif is apparent, with samples of explosions featured in the beginning and end of the album. The first and titular song, “Marching Towards Destruction (From San Francisco to Stockholm),” starts with a powerful melodic lead that provides an awesome prelude to a heavy album. Everything afterwards, though, is less melodic - save for some well placed tremolo work - and more akin to old school death metal riffs. While it fits the music, I would have liked to see the band’s melodic abilities shine a bit more.

The biggest downfall of this album is the song structure. Most of the songs are very similar in structure and have long sections of music that use very similar riffs. This isn’t always a bad thing, but the album becomes a little tiring about 3/4 of the way through.

Axis Powers has created an album that will appeal to long time death metal fans. It does have its issues, but aside from them, “Marching Towards Destruction” is a refreshing, well done death metal album.

Highs: Heavy death metal that gets back to the basics.

Lows: Similar song structures.

Bottom line: A heavy, relentless album that, despite some flaws, is skillfully crafted.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)