Fragment Soul
Axiom Of Choice


3.8
excellent

Review

by manosg STAFF
September 25th, 2021 | 9 replies


Release Date: 05/07/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An ode to melancholy.

It is common knowledge that the second half of the '90s was atmospheric metal's golden years; a sound that was defined by The Peaceville Three and other acts like Katatonia, Tiamat, and Opeth, among others. As such, Fragment Soul's debut is a treat for all atmospheric metal aficionados who long for those long-forgotten days when we were bracing ourselves for the 2K obliteration of the world. From the very first notes of Axiom of Choice, a veil of mist closes and the listener enters a dreamlike state. Actually, if Judgement-era Anathema is your cup of tea, then you're in for one hell of a ride and a trip down memory lane. Of course, the Greek outfit has an array of influences that can be traced back to acts like King Crimson and Pink Floyd or even modern ones like Steven Wilson, which is probably one of the reasons that they identify themselves as a progressive metal band. Nevertheless, although the album is 42 minutes longs and consists of four tracks, this definitely leans more towards gothic/doom metal.

Essentially, Axiom of Choice is a concept album dealing with the way mental health issues were treated during the Middle Ages, so it's not an easy listen. However, this is an ode to melancholy graced by beautiful male vocals that bring to mind Vincent Cavanagh and very fitting female vocals courtesy of Draconian's Heike Langhans. On the downside, even though the songwriting is engaging, the album seems to lacks a crescendo which would lead to catharsis and maybe some more string instruments (viola, violin, etc.), as they seem to fit what Fragment Soul are trying to achieve through their music. Nevertheless, don't let a couple of minor missteps prevent you from enjoying one of 2021's most emotional listens, especially if Judgement is one of your favorite albums.




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manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2021


12374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

A must-check for fans of Anathema - Judgement.

EvoHavok
September 25th 2021


7911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice succinct review, manos! I will give this a try for obvious reasons.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2021


12374 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

Thanks, Evo! This has your name all over it.

EvoHavok
September 25th 2021


7911 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, it sure seems like that, hahaha.

jfromnj
September 25th 2021


75 Comments


Judgement-era Anathema is best Anathema.

Krpa
September 26th 2021


203 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This was pretty good, but like you mentioned, it lacked a certain crescendo in some songs. Still, def worth a listen.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 26th 2021


9385 Comments


Great sound, excellent atmosphere, and kudos for bringing aboard the guy from Draconian to do the vocals.



A must-check for fans of Anathema - Judgement.

And possibly, late '00s Katatonia and Lykantropen Themes-era Ulver.

Digging: Kold Front - Kold Front

hangth3dj
November 3rd 2021


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The first 2 songs haven't really delivered a lot for me. Some nice instrumentation and atmospheres, but little in the way of excitement, climaxes, crescendos (although briefly threatened in a couple of places before petering into nothing)...or even metal to be honest.



Will give the second half a go tomorrow, but not expecting a whole lot.

Digging: Voices - Breaking the Trauma Bond

hangth3dj
November 4th 2021


258 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The second half delivered even less.



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