The Axis of Perdition
The Ichneumon Method



by Bartender EMERITUS
January 16th, 2005 | 7 replies

Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Let Satan cling feebly to God; they shall be destroyed together.

Released 2003 on Rage of Achilles.

An odd little record, this. It came out in 2003, a more or less unheralded release by a practically unknown band, and proceeded to kick the British underground metal scene in the nuts - placing high on Terrorizer's top albums of that year, and generally getting generous reviews all around. I'll try and place such critical praise aside for the review, though.

The first thing to note is probably the obvious comparisons to Anaal Nathrakh. Both are British bands (though from different regions), made up only of two people, both intensely misanthropic, playing some variation on black metal. Anaal Nathrakh play it incredibly raw and fast, with the basic intention of scaring the shit out of everyone (try out Pandemonic Hyperblast for a taste). Axis of Perdition's take on the genre is similar in that it seems very deliberately hostile to the listener, but has a bit of an industrial twist strapped to it, mostly in the form of electronics and samples. This link, and the fact that it was released on Rage of Achilles (often used pretty much synonymously with "really extreme music") should give you the right idea; they're fairly extreme.

In now attempting to review the music, I realise I made an error in calling this an odd little record. It is odd, and, to be fair, little in the sense of not being a major release, but musically it's not little at all - it's massive, sprawling, expansive. At that, comparisons to Cult of Luna may spring to mind, but this is very much a different . Luna's music is similarly immense, but it achieves this by building, layering itself, drawing in and engrossing the listener in massive slabs of sound. Ultimately, however hostile it initially sounds, it's a positive, perhaps cathartic, experience. Axis of Perdition, on the other hand, does not have this - no layers, no building. Or to be more precise, what is built, and what layers are achieved, are just as soon smashed aside for the next assault. There is no resolution, no catharsis; any temporary sanity or shelter that the listener achieves is just as soon torn away from them by another burst of programmed drums, another abrasive riff (or riff fragment - there is nothing so comforting as a real riff to be found) or solo, another distorted sample or few seconds of heavily effects-laden, twisted vocals. It comes to my mind as essentially the sound of misanthropy, of impure nihilism. The album's title takes on a new, horrific aspect as you're battered by this particular sonic storm, the Ichneumon being a species of wasp which incubates it's eggs by injecting them into the body of another living insect.

There's no respite - not once throughout the album do the pair give you a break. They've no reason to - as is explained in the booklet (mostly composed, incidentally, of dark illustrations and foreboding aphorisms and catchphrases), they hail from Middlesborough, and their lives in the area drove them to abject hatred of humanity at large, an emotional experience they seem determined to foist upon, or at least make apparent to, whichever poor sod listens to their album. Each track is basically a roiling, horrendously chaotic mass - and I likes it.


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November 4th 2004


This is one of the review I wrote while I was away that I'm not sure about. I think I was basically having fun with it; sometimes I read it, and like it. Other times, I read it and think "what the fuck. I must have been drunk."

Apologies for the album cover picture, I couldn't find anything bigger.

November 4th 2004


[QUOTE=Bartender]Ichneumon being a species of wasp which incubates it's eggs by injecting them into the body of another living insect.[/QUOTE]
Ahh, a parasitoid. That's an organism that lays it's eggs in a host.. then the host organism actually dies from the offspring eating it from the inside out... a bit like aliens.

The review was good, nothing drunk sounding about it.

I've heard To Walk The Corridors Of Hell, very loud, hard, and extremely harsh. Chaotic is a fitting word for it. I guess they achieve what they set out to, but I don't see how anyone could enjoy such a thing.

Per Ardua Ad Astra
November 5th 2004


I heard 'Ruined Nation Awakens' from you on Forced Listening. I enjoyed it alot, i've been meaning to get into them.

January 29th 2012


I think I'm liking this more than Anaal Nathrakh...though some of the drum parts are ridiculously fast, kinda reminds me of Mirrorthrone in that aspect.

October 15th 2016


Album Rating: 3.5

Underrated album right here

Digging: Nature and Organisation - Beauty Reaps the Blood of Solitude

February 26th 2017


Album Rating: 3.5

Bump, this shit deserves some love

February 15th 2018


Album Rating: 3.5

Bump [3]

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