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Holy Moses find the throat lozenges. - 70%

Crank_It_Up_To_666, March 23rd, 2015
Written based on this version: 2012, CD, Rocksector Records

Harken brethren! To the waters! A lighted prow approaches; be the prodigals returned across the Styx to the land of the living after the long, slow passing of a fetid decade? Returned with glad tidings and awesome treasures the like of which we have so missed? Could it be… at last… a new Sinergy record!?

Well, no, of course not. But you’d be forgiven for thinking it, because Triaxis’ newest record, before landing back on the shores of metal, tapped that vein for every scrap it would yield. They dumped as much of the keyboard and synthesiser as they could overboard on their way, but the base metal components have all been retained in enormous quantities, and it’s no lie to say that ‘Rage & Retribution’ feels very much like the record that particular supergroup never got around to. Whether you care for this or not depends less on how much you like your retro-heavy-power-metal, but more on whether or not you even remember who Sinergy were, or else on your feelings for Kobra and the Lotus, a band who are plying exactly the same trade with twice the buzz and notoriety.

But don’t get me wrong. For all these potentially damning comparisons, ‘Rage & Retribution’ is by no stretch a bad record; it’s actually a real charmer as an example of modern, traditionally-inclined heavy metal, a difficult genre to occupy these days given the need to negotiate modern tastes for the extreme. Straightforward thrashers like ‘Sand & Silver’ or ‘XGP’ work superbly well, a hint of experimentation on ‘And Shadows Creep’ keeps everything nicely varied, and they pull off a simply stunning power “ballad” on ‘Asunder’, easily the best song, aided no end by the utterly fantastic pipes of Krissie Kirby, the gem of the record.

{Originally published: Soundshock Webzine, 25/10/2012}