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Doom Of Destiny - Axxis

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Artist: Axxis / Limited Edition / Audio CD released 2007-11-19 at Afm

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      17.02.2008 22:42

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      Axxis have always released solid heavy/power metal with an interesting sound due in large part to Bernhard Weiss' distinctive voice... So why clutter it up and dumb it down with an overdose of needless female vocals on this album? I listened to Doom Of Destiny on the car stereo, and became ever more irritated as every track seemed to have this annoying female yelping along throughout. It reached a point past annoyance when I began uttering an expletive every time she'd chime in to muddle everything up. The music is heavy enough and Weiss is in fine form, but please - lose the chick, guys. One or two tracks with female vocals is okay, but the vast majority is beyond overkill. Here's hoping they return to form on the next album - this project is a failure in my eyes and ears.

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      03.02.2008 21:17
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      Axxis' eleventh album (2007).

      No one plays power metal quite like its German forefathers, and Axxis are another long-running band still pleasing their fan base with a continuation of the original eighties sound, while incorporating distinct contemporary traits. While they're never going to be one of the more creative or well-known names on the scene, the band is still capable of releasing consistent and highly entertaining albums that attempt minor progressive touches but are still rooted in the simple, pure speed metal sound of Accept and Helloween.

      'Doom of Destiny' is Axxis' most recent album and the only one I've heard, and it's a great album of melodic power metal that goes a little too far on occasion, and not far enough on others, but at least provides welcome relief for old-school fans in the face of many modern metal trends. The most striking aspect of this album is the presence of operatic female vocals in many songs as a supplement to Bernhard Weiss' standard singing, something more likely inspired by the relatively recent popularity of bands such as Nightwish rather than any desire to be truly innovative, and although the contrast feels slightly amateurish in comparison to more talented opera-metal projects such as Therion and Mylidian, the music avoids ever becoming too full of itself in the same way. And it goes without saying that it's a hell of a lot better than Nightwish.

      This is very accessible power metal, not seeking to scare anyone away or cause fits of laughter with extreme speed or self-indulgent high fantasy concepts (well, not much anyway), and once the listener gets past the slightly overbearing choir intro they're in for an album of heavy, catchy and very fun metal with a good grasp of structure that keeps each song entertaining throughout. There are a few notable deviations from the standard sound, as tracks five and six both tend towards a ballad style with pretty bad lyrics and acoustic guitars that feel present more out of obligation, but the saxophone solo in the latter song is particularly interesting considering how far that instrument is usually kept from the metal world, which I've always thought was a shame.

      Many songs begin with a redundant piano intro that's soon replaced with a more standard riff, and a couple of songs attempt a distinctly poppier approach with the choruses, most notably 'She Got Nine Lives' with its slightly embarrassing refrain "nah-nah-nah-nah-nine lives." This album doesn't go far enough to be considered prog metal, and it's perhaps a little too light even for the speed metal fans, but Axxis still display commendable integrity and most of all a great sense of fun even this far down the line.

      1. Voices of Destiny
      2. Doom of Destiny
      3. Better Fate
      4. Blood Angel
      5. I Hear You Cry
      6. The Fire Still Burns
      7. Father, Father
      8. Revolutions
      9. She Got Nine Lives
      10. Devilish Belle
      11. Astoria

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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Voices of Destiny
    2 Doom of Destiny (Arabia)
    3 Better Fate
    4 Blood Angel
    5 I Hear You Cry
    6 Fire Still Burns
    7 Father, Father
    8 Revolutions
    9 She Got Nine Lifes
    10 Devilish Belle
    11 Astoria