AxeWound
Vultures


1.5
very poor

Review

by NeoSpaz USER (32 Reviews)
October 2nd, 2012 | 17 replies | 1,239 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Br00tal.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Oh dear god.

It’s here.

Axewound, the side project of Matt Tuck, with Liam Cormier of Cancer Bats on lead vocals, has been showing up in music news headlines since May 2012, and turned a few heads with their performance at Download in June. Considering that the majority of the members in this super-group come from metal-core bands and the fact that Matt Tuck promised that the group was ‘Metal as f*ck!’, does this record provide the metal grinding performance promised?

No, of course not.

What you do get is 40 minutes of nerve-grindingly repetitive metal-core with most songs containing a breakdown. The occasional solos, which are the best part of this record, are drowned out by the incessant rhythm lines, which are nowhere good enough, nor interesting enough to be killing off the slightly interesting solos.

The vocals, the vocals. When Liam starts screaming, the interest level drops rapidly. The raspy quality of his screams is just irritating and downright boring. It isn’t even the style, more the fact that he has little to no range in them. The topic matter isn’t much better either. Throughout, all that you obtain from the songs themselves is the fact that the members are trying really, REALLY hard to be ‘metal as f*ck’, but in the end comes out as a half-assed metal-core record. In ‘Exochrist’, the group tries to bring the usually metal topic of religion into their music, and manages to turn it into a repetitive mess, and end it with a typical core chugging riff. If this wasn’t enough, they continue down ridiculous paths with the song ‘Collide’ which seems to be heavily influenced by the Lamb of God song ‘King Me’. However, Axewound doesn’t quite hold the entertainment value that LOG do, and creates a boring pop-metal blend that is found throughout this album.

This is literally a horrible mashing of Bullet for My Valentine and Cancer Bats, with some added breakdowns and chugging. At least in a Bullet for My Valentine record you get a few riffs. This attempt at a metal album is not successful. Not in the least. Despite Matt’s attempt in ‘Destroy’ to make brutal metal comes off exactly the same as every song, not to mention that the rhythms are extremely similar to those on ‘Cold’.

As a whole though, this album doesn't feel very matched. The two vocal method which is found throughout most modern metal-core is used well enough, but still feels forced. Surprisingly, the duo of Liam and Matt goes fairly well together. However, considering this style has been abused to such a degree, it makes this feel tired, and not as effective as it could have been.
The other members of the band are quite clearly there, especially Jason Bowld on the drum-kit, who is clearly bashing away on many of the songs found on this record. However, after a couple of songs, the beats get tired, especially the gap fills that are littered throughout this album, especially in Cold. It's very sad to note that the bass guitar is almost completely inaudible on most of the songs, with the exception being 'Collide' during the cringe-worthy piano-clean line.

The guitar tone on most, if not all of the songs is the standard high bass, low mid tone that is favoured by most metal musicians today. Adding to this bland, boring tone is the tuning, which sits in the Drop B range. The loaded guitar tone and tuning makes the songs sound very flat, not at all energetic, and most importantly not enjoyable. Especially during the breakdowns, which most songs are centered around, they feel like they were strummed out whilst bored, and not the focus of the group effort.

A note must be given to Mike Kingswood for his solos, notably the one at the end of Burn Alive, which is dripping with Wah and cliche goodness. This is the only highlight of this album.

I’m sorry Matt Tuck and Co. but a ‘brutal’ logo does not make good music.



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thumbcrusher (2)
All too formulaic and predictable...

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It's not entirely metal as f**k as promised, but it's a start....

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Comments:Add a Comment 
NeoSpaz
October 2nd 2012



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This was a lot of fun to write.

Criticisms please?

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



4337 Comments


Pretty decent review. You didnt really give a lot of detail, but you did give a good overview of what to expect and you
backed up your case of why you think this album is 1.5 quite well.

I've never heard of AxeWound or Cancer Bats because it's not my kind of music so I cant really give a good opinion on their
music, but the review is good. I'll POS.

NeoSpaz
October 2nd 2012



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thank you sir. I'm planning on adding a bit more detail tomorrow.

Grizzlypyro
October 2nd 2012



55 Comments


Review has some good points, just needs to have a bit more depth and length and should be fine.

Digging: Various Artists - Florence The Sphinx

NeoSpaz
October 2nd 2012



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Alright, added some new points, made this a little less angry. Fleshed out some points, discussed the band as a whole.


ThroneOfAgony
October 2nd 2012



3485 Comments


sounds sexy

NeoSpaz
October 2nd 2012



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

D00D, it's the next big thing in teh metuhlz.

BlackLlama
October 2nd 2012



1351 Comments


I’m sorry Matt Tuck and Co. but a ‘brutal’ logo does not make good music.

Pos'd

It will sell a fuck-ton of t shirts at Hot Topic though! I'm still holding out my opinion on this until I get a chance to get a few decent play through's in. Still, I haven't been impressed by Tuck since the Poison....

Digging: Acid Reign - The Fear

NeoSpaz
October 2nd 2012



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I was hoping for something better than 'Cold' but damn, this really did not go down well.

ReturnToRock
October 2nd 2012



3448 Comments


Three one-star reviews, and not the one is a trollview? Amazing!

Good work here NeoSpaz, no major flaws to point out. Pos'd.

theacademy
October 2nd 2012



27670 Comments


review is bad

album prob sucks tho

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
October 2nd 2012



3008 Comments


Nice review, album looks awful but I bet a bunch of my friends would love it.

Digging: Todd Terje - It's Album Time

thumbcrusher
October 2nd 2012



3546 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

heard a couple of singles from this and they were fucking terrible

good review too, pos

EyeForAnEye
October 2nd 2012



1677 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Sucks

05McDonaldT
October 2nd 2012



268 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Liam Cormier can do better, his vocals sound so flat and repetitive compared to how he sound with Cancer Bats.

NeoSpaz
October 2nd 2012



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Changed personal rating because this really is horrid.

NeoSpaz
February 3rd 2013



4505 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Everywhere I see Axewound now (in the more mainstream areas) being hailed as the new BFMV by the old BFMV, I just think it has no effort in it.



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