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Triaxis: Rage And Retribution

One of a number of up and coming bands that are signed to the impressive roster at Rocksector Records, Triaxis are a metal quintet from South Wales that have made huge strides since the 2009 release of debut album Keys To The Kingdom. Several well received festival slots at the likes of Bloodstock, Hammerfest and SOS have seen them rewarded with and an ever increasing fan base and plenty of positive reviews. Rage And Retribution is the long awaited follow-up and should see the band build on the momentum gained so far; vocalist Chrissie gives an assured and controlled display of power and melody, guitarists CJ and Glyn offer some shredding of the highest quality and holding it all together is the precision tight rhythm section of bassist Owen and drummer Giles.

'Sand & Silver' makes for an explosive start, bursting from the speakers with some incendiary riffing and a fist pumping hook and leads into the melodic metal masterpiece of 'Black Trinity' that would not sound out of place on one of Maiden's more recent albums. 'Asunder' is a modern metal anthem to be cherished, a shining example of the bands ability to take the core metal standards and add an undeniable commercial sensibility that would be tailor made for mainstream rock radio if such a thing still existed on either side of the Atlantic. 'Under Blood Red Skies' and 'The Butcher' are a pair of galloping anthems that recalls Priest in their early 80' heyday but Triaxis are far more than just a retro band and they really do succeed in dragging metal forward kicking and screaming into the 21st Century. Closing track 'Some Things Are Worth Dying For' extends to more than seven minutes and takes in several changes of tempo and pace as Triaxis offer an epic journey that encapsulates all that is great about this band, from the blistering solos to the accomplished vocals and much more besides.

With Rage And Retribution Triaxis have really delivered a quality metal album that sees them realise their potential and will inevitably lead to bigger gigs, increased sales and further acclaim highly recommended.

Track list:-
1. Sand and Silver
2. Black Trinity
3. The Infected
4. Asunder
5. And Shadow Creep
6. XGP
7. Under Blood Red Skies
8. Sker Point
9. Reunion
10. The Butcher
11. Some Things Are Worth Dying for

Added: October 13th 2012
Reviewer: Dean Pedley
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 2816
Language: english

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Triaxis: Rage And Retribution
Posted by Steven Reid, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-10-13 10:10:31
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Following on from their Keys To The Kingdom album, Welsh Metal act Triaxis return with Rage And Retribution, a title that goes a long way to describing the type of straight up metal with a twist that Triaxis produce.

Bringing to mind the likes of Megadeth, Judas Priest, or Maiden, with a frontwoman with the power of Doro with an extended range, Triaxis eschew the usual female fronted metal traps that countless Nightwish, Within Temptation or Lacuna Coil mimics have tumbled into. Instead, Rage And Retribution is a far sweatier, meatier affair, although that doesn't mean it is without a few flashes of individuality. Take cover as the riffs blaze and the solos pulse out salvos of flesh searing missiles that lay the foundations for soaring vocals and granite like rhythms to build upon. The sharp production adds a modern metal aspect, but never at the expense of sharp bursts of rifferama that will remove the heads of the unwary, in a way that Mustaine or Murray/Smith/Gers would be happy to pass as their own. The likes of "Sker Point", "Sand And Silver" and "The Butcher" give the guitar pairing of Glyn and CJ ample opportunity to sit on the edge of trad metal and old style thrash in the manner of Priest or Megadeth. Something they do remarkably well, although the more restrained "Asunder" veers into latter day Maiden snoozefest, with a less than invigorating central melody explored for far longer than it really deserves.

Krissie, the lady leading Triaxis from the front, certainly doesn't lack for power, or pitch. However as the album progresses, there is a slight hint of sameness about her attack and while her voice is never short of impressive, a sharp counterpoint, whether that be a gruff male shout, or a high pitched female harmony, would certainly help to offer a welcome variance to latch onto.

Rage And Retribution is a strong statement from a band who aren't afraid to take tried and tested themes and add their own individual take on them. Not quite the finished article just yet, Triaxis are sure to use this album as a stepping stone towards greater things.

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