Axioma are from Cleveland, Ohio, and have just released their first album, “Opia”.
The recording and production of the album is dope. I fully enjoyed the imperfection and the emphasis on the bass drums; and the vocals stand out perfectly over the instrumentals.
The guitar work on “exit” was very Opeth-esque, which – as a big Opeth fan – was a plus for me! My only criticism for this piece was that it felt like it was cut short. They definitely could have afforded to continue a little longer. On the flip side, a few of the tracks drag out more than I would have liked. “No god” and “giver of time” are guilty of lengthy intros. The drawn out acoustics didn’t sit well with me. However! The guys somehow pick the music up and manage to deliver two pretty decent songs. The bassist, in particular, injects a much-needed dose of character and makes for a worthy listen. Punchier intros are needed though!
Unfortunately, I wasn’t sold on “Cogntive-Dissonance” and so the album finished on a low note for me. The entire piece felt lazy, the guitar work was forgettable at best, and the general rhythm failed to grab me.
Overall, I feel this band has a lot of potential but “Opia” feels like a work in progress. I could really get into parts of this album, but at points it felt lost. I would definitely recommend giving these guys a go, as I’m not the typical black metal fan. The vocals are awesome and the drummer can beat out some creative sounds. Rating? 5/10.
- The guitar work on "exit" was very Opeth-esque, which - as a big Opeth fan - was a plus for me!
- I feel this band has a lot of potential but "Opia" feels like a work in progress.