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Review: Axegressor - Bannerless

Label: Brutal Records
Year released: 2018
Duration: 47:17
Tracks: 11
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: March 16, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (6 Votes)

Finnish Thrash Metal mongers Axegressor have been away from the limelight for a relatively long time (their previous album, Last, came out in 2014), but gladly they are back now with their fourth studio album, titled Bannerless.

The album was actually recorded quite some time ago, so it was more or less just a matter of finding a suitable record label to release it. But I can tell you right away that it was worth all the wait.

The album starts off with a mid-tempo-ish "In Safe Space No One Can Hear Your Scream", which sort of hypnotizes you with its slowly crawling, ominous riff fests, also giving way to a heightened sense of diversity that these fellows have adopted for their songs this time around. That song pretty much sets the tone for the whole album. "Ever-bending Spine" has a nice Voivod flavor to it due to some progressive and unorthodox guitar riffs rollin' through the entire track, while "Bridges to Cross and Burn" takes the road back to 80s Thrash Metal, showing off as a mid-tempo number.

Then they have songs like "Terminal Ignition," "The Lethality of Mediocrity," and "Peace at Last (Armageddon)" in which they pretty much continue wearing their likened Canadian progressive thrashers' influences on their sleeves, just oozing the kind of diversity they really hadn't brought out from their whole arsenal of weapons until now. Such songs as "Igno-Rant" and "Human Travesty (with a truly awesome riff fest, by the way!)" are all more familiar and sort of 'safer' sounding Axegressor stuff, not to forget the raging hate-loaded "Truth Prostitute". As icing on the half-eaten cake, we are offered the tongue-in-cheeky "Don't Be an Asshole," which is like a mixture of Onkel Tom and Motörhead, which leaves listeners in a happy mood, if nothing else.

Bannerless is definitely the most diverse sounding and undoubtedly the most ambitious Axegressor release thus far, with a deeply thoughtful lyrical approach that may provoke some listeners. But hey, the music does all the talking here, so just sink your teeth into this. It's hard not to recommend Bannerless, even to your worst enemies.

Other related information on the site
Review: Last (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with guitarist Seba Forma and vocalist Johnny Nuclear Winter on March 17, 2018 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with throat tormentor Johnny Nuclear Winter and guitarist Seba Forma on June 14, 2014 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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