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Review: Axxios - Beneath the Blood Red Sky
Beneath the Blood Red Sky

Label: Independent
Year released: 2019
Duration: 31:55
Tracks: 6
Genre: Power/Black

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 2, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Beneath the Blood Red Sky

Rated 4.14/5 (82.86%) (7 Votes)

No, you're not reading the genre wrong, Black/Power Metal is what Griffith, Indiana five-piece Axxios call their sound. I'd personally throw in everything from Thrash to Death to freaking Neoclassical to that description, and this band somehow brings it all together on their debut, Beneath the Blood Red Sky.

The closest comparison I can make is Satan's Host's eclectic mixture of Death Metal riffing and powerful wailing vocals if you shoved some Power/Neoclassical inspirations and topped it off with harsh vocals that range from a Death grunt to a Black croak. This should create an overloaded mess of clashing inspirations, but through sheer songwriting talent and the ability to rein it all in, we get a driving, unique sound that can go from the Neoclassical styling of opener "The Lost Legions" to the pounding, heavier cuts of "The Curse of Anathemia" and the pummeling "Consuming Chaos", the latter of which would bring a tear to Steve DiGiorgio's eye.

I have to say that I have always liked bands that have the guts to combine different metal genres into one and even experiment a little bit here and there without overdoing things. Special mention goes to the bass sound on this album, whose audibility and tone add a lot of heaviness to this release.

Metal isn't really known for its experimentation, and indeed many experiments in the genre fail hideously, but Axxios actually have the chops to pull this melding of unlike styles of Metal off. If heavy, innovative music is your thing, Beneath the Blood Red Sky will be as well.

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