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Asylon

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Album Review

The sixth studio album by this French-Canadian technical death metal band is every bit as punishing as its previous work, and retains the slight tinge of accessibility that gave 2008's The Thin Line Between half a chance of reaching listeners who don't play an instrument themselves. While the music is 100 percent death metal, with downtuned, mechanistic guitar riffs and hammering drums bouncing the listener around like a racquetball, there are a few catchy moments, as well as some altered vocals (like on "Trauma") or synth-orchestral flourishes ("Sinister") that keep the songs from all sounding like one endless barrage of Pro Tools-edited noise. The quiet "Resilience," which lays spoken vocals over gentle guitars and soothing washes of distortion, also helps shake things up. At its best, as on "V," the group cranks up a chugging hardcore riff, then spins it out into an intricate guitar solo without ever losing momentum. The bandmembers have yet to write a chorus that identifies itself as such on first listen, but technical death metal is about displays of instrumental technique, not catchiness. No one who likes Neuraxis will find Asylon disappointing.

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New Band Members Same Neuraxis

I'l admit I was a little worried when they changed their lineup yet again. However after hearing Asylon, its clear that regardless of the new faces their sound remains dominant. Those who loved "The Thin Line Between" will not be disappointed. Continuing down the path of melodic brutality, Neuraxis releases another masterpiece with all the elements a death metal listener expects. Melodic, Catchy, Original, Technical and Brutal. I must say that the new guys fit in well with the band. Alex does more with his cookie growl rasps and does a much better job of altering his vocals especially in "V" (most standout). The album is a must own and in my opinion should be recognized as one of 2011's best death metal albums. "By The Flesh" is my personal favorite on the album and is similar to there song "Versus". Starts off heavily for first 2 minutes and then the song completely changes tempos at 2:20 minute mark into the most melodic and harmonic point on the album. Again Neuraxis produces back to back 5 star albums. Neuraxis runs into the same problem they did on the last album. That is the quantity of music as the album doesn't even eclipse 40 minutes while album was worth the wait if they could add 2 or 3 more songs and take out the fillers they have.
Stand out Tracks: By The Flesh, Asylum, V, Purity, Trauma.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Taking their name from the axis of the central nervous system, Neuraxis hail from Montreal, Canada, where they belong to a fraternity of bands (Gorguts, Cryptopsy, Kataklysm, etc.) characterized by an intense brand of technical yet melodic death metal. Guitarist Steven Henry founded Neuraxis in 1993, and after adding vocalist Michel Brisebois, second guitarist Felipé Quinzonos, and bassist Yan Thiel, the group soon began performing with the aid of a drum machine until human percussionist Mathies...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: Feb 15, 2011

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