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Review: Axxis - Paradise in Flames
Paradise in Flames

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 59:00
Tracks: 14
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 5, 2008
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Readers Rating
Paradise in Flames

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (12 Votes)

God dammit, I hate when I assume I'm going to hate a band before I sit down to listen to them/write the review, and then end up changing opinions mid-review. Doesn't do wonders for a man's ego, I'll tell you that.

Anyway, Axxis are a German Power Metal band who are juuuuuust barely over the "Metal" borderline, almost falling into the hugely annoying poppy Glam influence that plagues this album to the point where I almost want to knock it down a letter grade. But I can't help it, since this is, sigh, actually pretty good, despite the gayness of it all. This is really, REALLY generic and derivative stuff, taking cues from a bunch of bands that suck now (Gamma Ray, Freedom Call, Nocturnal Rites, Mob Rules) and melding them into the pseudo-Power Metal fluff excess style of Paradise in Flames. The vocalist sounds almost exactly like Kai Hansen, except the vocal lines he's singing are a lot more poppy and mainstream than anything Kai has ever done. The music is more or less what you'd expect from a "flower metal" band, and although it's more muscular than Freedom Call's stuff, it's pretty damned cutesy all the same - high flying guitar melodies, double bass kicks, and catchy synth lines.

Really, if you've heard Gamma Ray's Somewhere Out in Space and Freedom Call's Stairway to Fairyland, then you've heard pretty much everything this album has to offer, but that doesn't stop songs like "Dance with the Dead," "Will God Remember Me?" and the best song on the album in "Lady Moon" from being absolutely infectious, despite the kitsch present. Final verdict is generic but fun and catchier than AIDS. I'll probably have "Stay By Me" stuck in my head for a week. I hope you're happy, Axxis.

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