Axamenta - _Codex Barathri_
(The LSP Company, 2002)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir, Bal-Sagoth -- any or all of these names will probably cross your mind as you listen to _Codex Barathri_. On one hand, Axamenta add little of their own to this concoction of tried-and-tested styles; but on the other hand, they're certainly not bad at what they do, unoriginal as it may be. The band is technically competent, the songwriting is reasonably good and the production quite decent; yet this disc is still unlikely to spend much time in my CD player in the future, as it has little to offer that cannot be found elsewhere. The band is quite good at this, but not so good as to blow the competition away at their own game. To use an oft-repeated verdict, this album should be worthwhile for fans of the genre and uninteresting for everyone else. I would certainly like to see Axamenta applying their skills to a sound they can really call their own next time, as they do seem to have enough potential to succeed.
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