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Review: Axedra - Mass Deception
Mass Deception

Label: Independent
Year released: 2021
Duration: 27:41
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: May 30, 2021
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Readers Rating
Mass Deception

Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (6 Votes)

Ilnur and Ramil Garipov started Axedra in Russia before moving to Canada in 2010. After a bit of inactivity in their new home, they decided to get a full band together and got Axedra up and running once again.

The Good—This band wastes no time getting right into their brand of old-school Death Metal. The guitar work is excellent with some great riffs and lead work. What makes this really stand out, however, is the multitude of tempo changes within each song. It adds that variety to keep the album from just sounding like a wall of 100 mph wall of riffs designed to pummel you into submission. The drumming is absolutely killer as the fills are extremely well done and his use of the ride cymbal on the slower tempo sections makes an old former drummer like me smile. The absolutely crystal-clear production here helps all of this along and is certainly worthy of note as well. Plain and simple, THIS is the style of Death Metal I really enjoy. How can you NOT like a band that has a small child trying to do Death Metal growls at the very end of their album? Come on, that's borderline adorable ... at least as adorable as Death Metal is likely to get ... lol.

The Bad—If I had to pick on anything, it would be that some of the song structures come off as sound a bit formulaic as the album moves along. Almost like a script was being followed during songwriting. That being said, with how good the songs are, I say work that formula boys; it works.

Overall, a band you should definitely check out if you are into the Death Metal genre at all. Hell, fans of Thrash Metal that don't mind the harsher vocal style will find a lot to like here as well. A band that I will certainly keep track of. There is a LOT to get excited about here.

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