Axis Of Light / Death Fortress
Split


3.5
great

Review

by MoosechriS USER (8 Reviews)
May 6th, 2013 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Two young bands with bags of potential, one great split release.

Axis of light came to consciousness last year with their debut demo by the hands of the consuming fire and fast made a name for themselves amongst the black metal underground. The Manchester based duo came shrieking into full view completely unannounced and since their well received debut there has been a patient wait for their next instalment of misanthropic madness.

The first of the two tracks they present here takes their previous material and turns it on its head as the punkish elements that were used more as a break from the chaos of their original demo are used to craft the opening three minutes of the song with a mid paced and dare I say almost catchy blackened punkish stomp. This is all still backed by the hellish screams of Axiom who’s presence helps keep the mood chaotic even during the slower sections. But they finish the song off by returning to what they do best and take the track home with all of the blackened chaos we have come to love from them.

The second song on offer secrets of the tomb should be familiar to anyone who recently picked up the SVN OKKLT cassette compilation. This song sounds like it could have been lifted directly from the first demo with all of the misanthropic chaos that was present before on their earlier material. With this in mind and the feel of their original demo still intact Axis Of Light set about us by ploughing through what is probably the best song they have put out so far.

Now although axis of light will never be the fastest or most technically dazzling band around they have always had a depth and underlying intensity to their music that is hard to pin point, this for the most part is accentuated by the production style and at times utterly terrifying vocal delivery of Axiom. The two songs they’ve displayed here have managed to retain the amazing atmosphere that was so prevalent on their demo, while proving that they are capable of shifting into other territories without losing that chaotic misery caked sound they have. The future looks bright (or dark) for this Manchester based duo, bring on the next instalment.

The next side of this split brings us to Death Fortress. Death Fortress is a one man based project from New Jersey who similarly to Axis Of Light have to date released one demo and have contributed a song to the recent SVN OKKLT compilation. Death fortress contribute a single ten minute track to their side of the split which like their previous material shows a lot of promise but seems to fall short when it comes to the execution. I can never help but get the feeling that something is missing when I listen to Death Fortress’s material, sounding like a combination of 1349 and forgotten legends era Drudkh (probably not the best comparison but that’s what I get from them) Death Fortress have a lot going for them. While the song is definitely more of a grower than an instant hit of black metal with some of the more drawn out and hypnotic riffs gradually seeping their way into your consciousness, once you warm to its charms it is certainly enjoyable but just not up to the standards set by Axis Of Lights side of the release. As previously stated the song they present here is solid enough but it feels like something is just missing, the individual components are all there for this band to be something quite special and you can see what they’re going for with the cavernous ritualistic approach. But some of the riffs end up outstaying their welcome and some of the transitions can come off as clunky. Death Fortress are a band with bags of potential and with some refinement could probably turn out something truly special.

So with these three songs we have two bands, both full of potential and both with hopefully better things to come. Well worth your time and well worth the price of admission.



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MoosechriS
May 6th 2013


5415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Axis of light side 4/5

Death fortress side 3/5



so 3.5/5



Axis of light - secrets of the tomb



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9u9bXcX9BA





MoosechriS
May 6th 2013


5415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

anyone who wants me to post the lyrics let me know

TheSpirit
May 6th 2013


18694 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice, i fucking need this





pos

Digging: Arizmenda - Within the Vacuum of Infinity...

MoosechriS
May 6th 2013


5415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude.

MoosechriS
May 6th 2013


5415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Im actually out at the moment, but i'll put them up once i get home

MO
May 6th 2013


19867 Comments


sweeet

MoosechriS
May 6th 2013


5415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lyrics



Axis Of Light - Illuminating The Temple



Through the shaking of the emerald moon,

the crescent of feracity cascades mythos

beyond the realm of folk,

for the monuments of Moriah, the map

of vitality is presented.



Spiritual elevation forged through hammer

and gouge,

the stonemasons faith, descend from the

sky as a pillar of cloud ablaze.



an eternal oath to the all consuming fire...



the advent of the masonic christ,

a son of the morning,

released through the new order of ages...



Charts of stars praised by those beyond the

heavens,

and there dwelled lucifer, the bearer of all

light.

MoosechriS
May 6th 2013


5415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Axis Of Light - Secrets Of The Tomb



As a whisper through the tomb, elder lore

reigns deathless...



Manifesting within horrid usurpers, and

spoken in tongues of dusk

charred altars vomiting forth tormented

doctrine,

eyes are drawn towards the dead, the

silent god is striving to cry out

and fifteen spirits feed from the chapel

of bones



Ritual cast to the wind, and through

vine-ridden halls

spits the bleeding disciple; the hangman

equals death!



We war der thor, wer weiser, bettler oder

kaiser?



Ob arm, ob reich, im tode gleich

MoosechriS
May 6th 2013


5415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Death Fortress - From The Immortal Thrones



Infinite and human, i am all that is.

I have known many names, but none that

suit me well.



you have met me before and you have

served me well.

You have lived and died with me, but i

can never die.

Those who i possess, we share a single

mind,

and we will multiply as long as there

is life.



My power reigns,

i allow the weak to die,

my dark design,

reclaiming what is mine,

every body occupied looking through a

single eye.



I command the rules of life

Waiting for you... To DIE!

MoosechriS
May 6th 2013


5415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

will do dude,



also anyone interested this is now up on SVN OKKLT



with links for US and UK distros as well as the SVN OKKLT compilation being up for free download through the blog



http://www.svn-okklt.com

Havey
May 6th 2013


10007 Comments


axis of light rule

MoosechriS
May 6th 2013


5415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool, will get and I may wanna get this on vinyl too



it's only been given a cassette release dude, the links for the distros are up on SVN OKKLT though

zaruyache
May 6th 2013


9555 Comments


the hellish screams of Axiom who’s presence

*whose

The second song on offer secrets of the tomb should be familiar

Offer is used as a verb? Capitalize song title. If you're using offer as a verb you should totes
use commas around the song title.

Now although axis of light

Capitallsssssss

Death fortress contribute a single ten minute track

Capitalzzzzzzzz

and forgotten legends era Drudkh

You know what forget it.


:-] Good review pos'd. Axis of Light hurts my ears in a good way. Checking out now.

Digging: Johnnytwentythree - JXXIII

MoosechriS
May 7th 2013


5415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks for the feedback dude, i'll sort the edits out when i get near my laptop

Hawks
May 13th 2013


38715 Comments


Whoa I missed this review. I need to hear this.

Digging: Fear Factory - Demanufacture

ITsHxCTOASTER
July 3rd 2013


2520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just listened to this again, Axis of Light are killer

Hawks
July 3rd 2013


38715 Comments


Fuck I'm drunk, didn't realize I commented on this before lol. Good thing there's an "edit" button. ;]

ITsHxCTOASTER
July 3rd 2013


2520 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

They're another one of the svn okkvlt bands, they're pretty good. And you can get this from the svn okkvlt blog

oltnabrick
December 30th 2013


33356 Comments


Enjoyed this a lot :]

MoosechriS
December 30th 2013


5415 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these dudes are one of my favourite modern bm bands, if you haven't heard their demo yet dude i'd get on it.



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