The Axis of Perdition - _Physical Illucinations in the Sewer of Xuchilbara (The Red God)_
(Code666, 2004)
by: Pedro Azevedo (6 out of 10)
On this half-hour EP, The Axis of Perdition indulge in mixing a greater amount of dark ambient with the hyperblast blackened metal of _The Ichneumon Method (And Less Welcome Techniques)_. The rhythm machine driven black noise is still somewhat reminiscent of countrymates Anaal Nathrakh's less polished days, with often abstract vocals on top. The production is relatively lo-fi, which favours the ambient side of things but detracts somewhat from the metallic sections. The dark ambient passages are well integrated into the music, and the first couple of tracks are quite interesting. Unfortunately the rest of the EP is let down by a lack of driving, memorable riffs and passages, which means the listener is left with some reasonably interesting but not very playable tracks. Granted, The Axis of Perdition probably tried to do just that, creating an uncomfortable and extreme listening experience; but this EP is unable to provide worthwhile material throughout. Nevertheless, even though _Physical Illucinations..._ fails to live up to its potential, I'll still be waiting for the next full-length.


(article published 29/11/2004)

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