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Stealing Axion: Everything or Nothing (Single)

I don't know Stealing Axion's music, but I will be seeing them in concert with 7 Horns 7 Eyes in just a few days. They are playing at a small Salt Lake City club called Burt's Tiki Lounge with a local Grindcore band called Burn Your World. Although Stealing Axion doesn't have a full-length album available yet, their website informs us that it is called Moments and that it will be out shortly. In the meantime, Stealing Axion is releasing songs here and there, hoping they will gain traction with fans and generate interest in their shows.

I'm going to limit my discussion to one song, "Everything or Nothing." I hope I'll have the opportunity to talk more about the band, whether their live show or their first album, in the near future. For now, I'll simply say that this track is strong and appealing. It opens well with a heavy riff, mirrored by a low and deep bass line. The vocals enter with the heavy and raspy sound that is so much a part of metal these days. Interestingly, though, Stealing Axion almost immediately blends their heavier, raspier, style with more traditionally melodic lines. I liked this balance, particularly with a male singer, something I don't get to hear very often. Since so many bands are trying to find that balance, it is heartening when one finds a way to keep a listener hooked.

I would have liked to hear some more action from the guitars. About midway through the song, it went into a bridge in which the guitar and bass developed the opening riff a little bit, but there was no guitar solo to break things up. I don't need to hear solos all the time, but heavy metal's long connection to virtuosity is a tradition I'd like to see encouraged. The latter third of the song blends freely played chords and clean vocals with a sustained growl and a building sense of climax. In the end, the listener is left with a mellow piano line as the music trails off. I thought it was a solid track, enough for me to pay attention to their upcoming show.

Track Listing:
Everything or Nothing (Radio Edit)

Added: May 26th 2012
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Myspace Page
Hits: 1738
Language: english

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