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Axegressor - Last

Axegressor - Last

Label : Listenable | Archive under speed / thrash metal

Release type: Full-length CD

Nima : In ‘Command’ and ‘Next’this Finnish band released two highly strong albums. The quartet may not have had much new to offer with their old-school thrash, but fully convinced through their strong songwriting and untamed aggression. Especially on ‘Next’ the band had made progress and perfected their violent arts, went full-speed ahead and convinced on all fronts.

We’ve had to wait for about three years for it, but the follow-up ‘Last’ is finally a fact. The upward trend the band showed on the previous record has been drawn further on ‘Last’. In comparison with ‘Next’ the band has also concentrated more on sturdy mid-tempo headbangers with a heavy groove. Because of that the album may not be as fast as its predecessor in general, but definitely sounds more varied and because of that has more impact than the previous records. Don’t get me wrong though, because there is definitely no shortage of speed and especially aggression, and the influences from bands like Destruction, Sodom, Kreator, Slayer, Legion Of The Damned and co. are again fully present. Especially the last two-mentioned keep coming up on this record often. So again the gentlemen won’t be nominated for the originality award, but that’s not what this is all about anyway.

Traditionally total playing time has been kept short, and with its 36 minutes the album is exactly long enough to again leave a devastating impression and leave you thirsty for more. And finally the album also shows progress sound-wise, which has especially been to the benefit of the drum sound. The album has a strong, contemporary production, without losing the old-school charm. All put together ‘Last’ is a highly strong thrasher that will definitely apply to the fans of the genre, and fans of extremer forms of metal.

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