Catchy title, huh? I feel a series coming on – because, if you love Metal (and particularly the ‘Power Metal‘ sub-genre), there’s no shortage of album artwork which can bemuse, confound and delight in equal measure.
Axxis like their fantasy/sci-fi artwork and this album art somehow manages to evoke their blend of overblown, fashion eschewing, old school power metal merely via the medium of judicious photoshop and much cheese consumption (literal and figurative). I’m not sure that we require a leather-clad brunette to get the point, much less one who appears to be in the throes of what appears to be a very painful back spasm. Further scrutiny of this in-no-way phallic imagery will almost certainly challenge this blog’s self-appointed PG rating, so there we must end things, lest unpleasantness set in.
Suffice is to say that Feminism has not yet made it to Axxis’ in-tray, much less their ‘things we perhaps should action promptly’ list.
That said, the music is pretty keen if you like your metal European, endlessly redolent of the Wacken festival and delivered by men with intriguing facial hair. The stand-out track on this album for me is “The Demons Are Calling”, which fills my ‘20,000 miles an hour’ riff quotient quite nicely – whether your grin is derived of pity or geeky recognition, it’s almost certain that you’ll have a smile on your face when you listen to it.
Tomorrow – more things of an equally geeky stature, possibly with dragons and/or spaceships. You know how we roll…
- Today, in amazing album covers… (fluffrick.wordpress.com)
- GRAVE DIGGER: New Album Title, Cover Artwork Unveiled (roadrunnerrecords.com)
- Album Review: Burning Point – The Ignitor (ametalstateofmind.com)
- Steeltrooper – Eternal Warrior (valkyrianmusic.com)