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Review: Akphaezya - Anthology II: Links from the Dead Trinity
Anthology II: Links from the Dead Trinity

Label: Ascendance Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 49:30
Tracks: 11
Genre: Avant-garde Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: December 18, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Anthology II: Links from the Dead Trinity

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)

Akphaezya... how in hell do you pronounce that? Anyways, Akphaezya are a French avant-garde/ progressive metal band. Now, as you all know by now I'm an ardent prog lover, but avant-garde is around about the point where I draw a line in the sand. I'm all for blurring boundaries and creating profound art and music, but the moniker avant-garde is usually used to cover up intentions of creating a schizophrenic mess of music, with an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type of attitude.

Fortunately Akphaezya manage to get their message across in a rather uniform way. There can be quite a lot going on, but it is never too overbearing and actually flows rather well. There's a lot of jazz atmosphere and note selection on Anthology II, female vocalist Nehl Aëlin has a fairly impressive range of vocal talents, from a jazz laden sultry approach to a powerful high register, Nehl is certainly one of the defining points of Akphaezya.

Anthology II is actually a relatively chill album, with the jazz elements really laying the experience back. Of course there are moments of madness and technical displays of musical mastery, but for the most part it is rather comfortable and relaxing. As for comparisons I'm reminded in places of Unexpect, and in others of To-Mera. Overall if avant-garde does the trick for you, I'd suggest checking out Akphaezya who are certainly one of the finer bands I've come across in that niche.

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