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A serpents' home is welcoming to deadly vipers - 87%

slayrrr666, June 19th, 2017
Written based on this version: 2016, CD, Iron Shield Records

Continuing to hammer together their sound, Italian metallers Axevyper have created a strong sense of classic heavy metal sounds as they’ve spent the four intervening years on the live circuit honing their craft to prepare for their next assault. Recruiting new drummer Niccolò Vanni to help aide their punishing attack, the groups’ third full-length effort was released February 26, 2016 on Iron Shield Records.

Continuing to strike hard their old-school approach throughout here, this one really utilizes the old-school metal sound to it’s fullest here with quite an impactful sound. There’s a great deal of that here with this one featuring plenty of ripping, crunchy patterns and a dynamic variety of tempos giving this a strong, muscular tone which is quite an impressive change from most other revival-sounding bands that simply co-opt the riff-work wholesale. This is a far livelier, engaging effort here with this crunch-filled style while still being able to swiftly shift between these rather strong, blistering classic metal tracks and the sprawling epics. The ability to change over between these patterns, as the classic metal efforts are straightforward and rather simplistic while the epics are varied, dynamic and offer a strong series of different moods to offset the other work here as these include sprawling, melancholic melodies and softer rhythms alongside the penchant for massive, simplistic sprawling riff-work as well to create their vast soundscapes which on the whole doesn’t really have much to dislike about it. The main issue here is merely that of feeling quite unfinished, as there’s the feeling it really could’ve gone further and given more of itself here rather than what’s on display with the strong possibility that adding more tracks in this vein would’ve made this feel more complete rather than it missing a song or two as it does now.

Certainly a case where the band really could’ve added more material here rather than just chop off the last remaining tracks and giving it a slightly unfinished feeling as a result, there’s so much elsewhere to really like and enjoy that this makes a welcome addition to any fan of classic metal or those looking for strong, straightforward material as well.