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4 stars A BIG improvement.

Here on PA, I openly voiced my dismay over Axiom's ''Alpha-Omega'' EP a few months ago. Well, since then the band had been working on this, their debut full-length album ''A Means To An End''. Upon recieving a copy of this album, I decided that I would be as open to it as possible. They're still a thrash band with prog influences (or a prog band with thrash influences, I can't decide.) The production here is SO much better, and everything heard is very cohesive and falls into place. All the songs from ''Alpha-Omega'' are on here and sound much better, along with some new songs. The lyrics aren't as immature as I used to believe either. They deal with many personal and (from what I interpret) religious matters too (am I right, guys? 'Cause I don't really know.)

AMTAE opens in a rather subdued manner with the short instrumental Cell before becoming much heavier a minute in and giving way to Dead Dream, one of the many fast-rockers present here. All For Nothing follows in the same fashion, while the title track features a pretty cool guitar solo from Scott Whisenhunt. Onesided is the weakest track on the album, but features some good drumming from Justin Herzer. Here Is... is another aural assult before we come to the first of two mini-epics, Godgiven. This song contains one of my favorite choruses on AMTAE, and keeps the sitener on his/her toes for 8-and-a-half minutes. Nucleus is another instrumental, starting out light before becoming heavier. A Perfect World is the ballad of the album, and provides a nice break from the balls & chunk of the previous songs. This is another of my favorites. Struck Down and Models For God are yet another set of bone crushing guitars and drums. Winds Of Change is a nice short acoustic segue leading into AMTAE's longest and final song, Don't Blink. It'll keep you hooked for almost 10 minutes with changing stuctures and even a piano section. The best song on AMTAE is unarguably Don't Blink.

Axiom has made a promsing debut, and it makes me feel sorry for bashing AO EP. (Yes guys, there isn't too much balls this time. It's just right.)

Well done.

ZeroDreamPlasMaximus | 4/5 |


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