Axis Powers
Marching Towards Destruction


3.5
great

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
June 16th, 2009 | 24 replies | 6,916 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An unironic, war-themed death metal album that manages to walk on the right side of the line that separates old school from retro, Marching Towards Destruction is Sweden's take on Bolt Thrower's classic sound.

While I was able to assume they'd sound like Bolt Thrower upon hearing that Axis Powers was a war-themed death metal band, it was nonetheless a pleasant surprise to find out that was almost exactly the case. This is because when it comes to worships and tributes, there are worse bands to feed off of. My first exposure to the Swedish four-piece, Marching Towards Destruction is 9 tracks of solid, to the point death metal.

“Marching Towards Destruction (From San Francisco to Stockholm)” starts the album off with a Chasm-like, gradually ascending introduction and from thereon after Axis Powers waste little time in establishing their sound; the album's quick 34 minute runtime is highly beneficial to their less than distinguished (but still solid) sound. Following the two minute instrumental introduction, Axis Powers work hard to pummel the listener with their slightly punkish take on Bolt Thrower's over-distorted brand of mid-paced, cutthroat death metal. For the most part, they've succeeded. From Mathias Johansson's dry, powerful growl to Peter Haglund's dirty-yet melodic power chords, Axis Powers are as straight to the point as you can get. Again, this works with the album's short runtime, since anything longer than 34 minutes of their relatively generic sound could become overbearing. But it doesn't, and while calling their sound generic may sound like a slant, it works in their favour; Marching Towards Destruction may not be a classic but it's certainly an album worthy of sneaking itself a place in your death metal rotation.

Axis Powers manage to walk on the right side of the line that separates old school from retro, and if you miss the days of unironic bullet belts and glossless, rumbling melodies, Marching Towards Destruction is at the very least worth a passing glance. Generation Xers, I'm looking your way.



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kingsoby1
Emeritus
June 16th 2009



4938 Comments


generation xers looking back, seductively.

i basically rely on you and rasputin as my sources for metal tyler munro.

BallsToTheWall
June 16th 2009



44164 Comments


Once I hear this i'll probaly 4.5 it on the spot. war themed d.m like Bolt Thrower, it's like christmas came early.

Anthracks
June 16th 2009



3664 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

pretty good album

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2009



8317 Comments


good review, album seems a bit uninteresting

Tyler
Emeritus
June 16th 2009



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not necessarily uninteresting, just not particularly unique.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2009



8317 Comments


I might myspace them or something, but I'll keep my expectations relatively low just in case

BallsToTheWall
June 16th 2009



44164 Comments


Unique is overrated in my book bu unsuprisingly I like this a few tracks in. Good guitar tone.

combustion07
June 16th 2009



5328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds like Bolt Thrower is enough for me to listen.

Wizard
June 16th 2009



19206 Comments


Seeing as I'm just starting to get into Bolt Thrower, this sounds awesome. Excellence in the review.

Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams

Essence
June 17th 2009



3576 Comments


ballsin' review

Tyler
Emeritus
June 17th 2009



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fixed it thanks

rasputin
June 17th 2009



14512 Comments


good review tyler, i pretty much completely agree. album is lots of fun.

FistfulOfSteel
June 17th 2009



894 Comments


this sound more like early bolt thrower, or more like the the slightly faster approach they took with those once loyal? seems fairly interesting, will check out

Altmer
June 17th 2009



5652 Comments


I STILL haven't heard the Bolts, so sue me.

Essence
June 17th 2009



3576 Comments


Album is a rockin' good time, nothing special, just balls to the wall death metal

HighandDriving
June 17th 2009



3261 Comments


I checked this out after you rec'd em in the dm thread but imo they just came off as a poor mans Bolt Thrower.

I'll listen again though.

Digging: Nightmares - Suspiria

BallsToTheWall
June 17th 2009



44164 Comments


Jacktiger is correct. Can somebody file a lawsuit against Altmer please?

Tyler
Emeritus
June 17th 2009



7928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this sound more like early bolt thrower, or more like the the slightly faster approach they took with those once loyal? seems fairly interesting, will check out

Not really like the early, punk-y Bolt Thrower, no. I guess it's closer to Those Once Loyal, but the punk-edge I mentioned gives it a slightly different angle. There's also a fair bit of old Swedish and Florida death metal in it, too; basically, just picture a mostly-midpaced, loud as fuck death metal album.

combustion07
June 18th 2009



5328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this, prefer Bolt Thrower but really thats a given.

freeliminator
June 19th 2009



78 Comments


first album sounded like bad swede death with bolt thrower vocals



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