A short interim EP released before they started recording for their second album, “A Passage Into Forlorn” acted as a good indication of what one could expect from their next album. The music is still an aggressive mix of Death and Grind, and while the departure of vocalist Maynard Moore might have been distressing at the time, his replacement, Ian Campbell adds much more character with his more distinctive vocal approach than a the faceless Maynard did.
The difference this time around is that along with the Grind aspects, there are more melodic aspects as well, and I don’t mean the odd classical guitar interlude as found on Imagery. Instead you could almost call this Melodic Grindcore. Almost.
In other regards, the vocal department isn’t the only thing that gets more of an identity, but the band does as well, as they separate themselves from the seemingly endless line of up-and-coming Brutal Death Metal band out there, who, while for the most part are all very talented, it’s getting harder and harder to tell some of them apart.
Not only is this CD good just to see how NEURAXIS got from point A on “Imagery” to point B on “Truth Beyond…” it’s also a smoking disc that will probably share equal stereo time with your other NEURAXIS CDs. (Online March 21, 2004)