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Axxis - Doom Of Destiny (8,5/10) - Germany - 2007

Genre: Melodic Metal
Label: AFM Records
Playing time: 45:33
Band homepage: Axxis

Tracklist:

  1. Voices Of Destiny
  2. Doom Of Destiny
  3. Better Fate
  4. Bloodangel
  5. I Hear You Cry
  6. The Fire Still Burns
  7. Father, Father
  8. Revolutions
  9. She Got Nine Lifes
  10. Devilish Belle
  11. Astoria
Axxis - Doom Of Destiny

Following hot on the heels of 2006’s “Paradise In Flames,” “Doom Of Destiny” is the latest effort from longtime German Metallers AXXIS.  After listening to the band’s remixed Greatest Hits CD in early 2007, which consisted entirely of ballads and acoustic renditions of non-ballads, I was curious about which direction the band would take for their next album.  The result seems to be an even split between Melodic and Power Metal, but with a slight emphasis on the Melodic side.

 

After a brief intro, the album proper is kicked off in style with “Doom Of Destiny,” a fantastic ass-kicker of a track.  It’s heavy, it’s aggressive, it’s epic—it’s all the things you would expect from the balls-out AXXIS of yesteryear.  There’s a sharpness and urgency about the song that just has to be heard to be believed.  The interlude towards the middle of the song with the chanted female vocals just makes the entire song.

 

However, aside from that Power Metal opener, the majority of the album firmly sits within the confines of Melodic Metal.  “Better Fate” is a decent stab at a mid-tempo Metal song, but “I Hear You Cry” comes pretty close to Melodic Metal perfection.  After all these years, the vocals of singer Bernhard Weiss have never sounded smoother, and the songwriting team of Weiss and keyboardist Harry Oellers seems to have the process of laying down hook after hook down to a science. 

 

As indicated by the aforementioned Greatest Hits album, AXXIS sure do love their ballads.  As such, it would be a huge surprise to not find a single tearjerker on “Doom Of Destiny”; fortunately, “The Fire Still Burns” has that position covered.  As with the majority of AXXIS’ ballads, it’s a top-notch little ditty that comes at just the right point at the album, so even the coldest Metal heart will be grateful for its inclusion.

 

A few of the songs on the album have some truly bewildering musical directions.  For example, “Revolutions” has a bizarre rhythm to it…almost like Pop/Dance combined with Metal, with some out-of-place acoustic work thrown in.  It’s definitely an acquired taste.  “She Got Nine Lifes” is much the same way.  Fortunately, these are placed between songs for the Power Metal purists, such as “Father, Father” and “Astoria,” and while they may seem generic compared to the freshness of the title track, they still pack quite a punch.


“Doom Of Destiny” seems to have something for everyone.  It represents all sides of AXXIS, both past and present; there are aggressive Power Metal songs, more subtle Melodic Metal songs, a power ballad, and bizarre…somethings.  If you’re digging the Melodic Metal tendencies that many Power Metal bands nowadays are exploring (such as EDGUY), you’ll love “Doom Of Destiny.” If you’re not a fan of said movement, you’ll still like a fair amount of the album, as the Power Metal stuff on here is top-notch.  It’s definitely worth a listen.

(Online May 2, 2008)

Mitchel Betsch



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