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AXAMENTA

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • Belgium


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AXAMENTA began their career by playing doom, fantasy and even death metal, but after a lot of lineup changes, they decided to make a radical shift in their musical style and began experimenting with a more technical and progressive approach. Their love for movie scores also made them replace the keyboards by orchestra samples, which gives them a unique sound in the Belgian metal scene.

Belgium's Axamenta, the former band of current Epica bassist Yves Huts, have inked a deal with Shiver Records for the release of their new album, "Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture". The Cd was recorded at Hansen studio in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (Mercenary, Raunchy, Aborted) and was mixed and mastered will at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden under the supervision of producer Fredrik Nordstr÷m (In Flames, Soilwork, Dimmu Borgir, The Haunted, Old Man's Child). Pain Of Salvation singer Daniel Gildenl÷w is featured as a guest vocalist on one entire song ("Threnody For An Endling"), for which he has written the melody and vocal pattern himself.

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2.10 | 2 ratings
Codex Barathri
2002
3.21 | 5 ratings
Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture
2006

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1.00 | 1 ratings
Nox Draconis Argenti
1999
3.00 | 1 ratings
Incognation
2004

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 Incognation by AXAMENTA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2004
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Incognation
Axamenta Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
3 stars "Incognation" is a self-released EP by Belgian symphonic/melodic black metal act Axamenta. The EP features 3 tracks and a total playing time of 16:32 minutes. "Incognation" was used by the band as a promo to attract labels, as the deal with The LSP Company they had for "Codex Barathri (2001)", was only for one album. The EP at the same time bridges the gap between their debut and 2nd full-length studio albums "Codex Barathri (2001)" and "Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture (2006)".

The music on the EP is symphonic/melodic and keyboard driven black metal. The 3 tracks are well composed, well played and powerful, and the sound production is professional and well sounding too. Influences come from artists like Dimmu Borgir and especially Old Man┤s Child. If you┤re familiar with Axamenta┤s previous releases "Nox Draconis Argenti (1999)" (EP) and "Codex Barathri (2001)", you┤re in for very few surprises, but since those releases were both of pretty poor quality, I owe it to Axamenta, to mention that "Incognation" is a decent quality product if you┤re interested in the symphonic/melodic black metal style.

Upon conclusion "Incognation" is a good example of symphonic/melodic black metal with dominant keyboards, but it┤s not a release that stands out as something special in the genre. A good quality yet pretty standard release deserving a 3 star (60%) rating.

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 Codex Barathri by AXAMENTA album cover Studio Album, 2002
2.10 | 2 ratings

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Codex Barathri
Axamenta Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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2 stars Codex Barathri is the debut full-length studio album by Belgian melodic black metal act Axamenta. I found the the Nox Draconis Argenti (1999) EP release from the band to be a less than impressive effort and I was curious to find out if they had improved on Codex Barathri.

The music is still melodic and symphonic black metal but there are hints to the Swedish melodic death metal scene as well. The vocals are raspy and aggressive as usual for the style. While the music isn┤t badly composed or totally uninteresting it┤s certainly rather generic to my ears. I┤m not particularly a fan of the genre though so take that into account when you┤re considering if you should check out the album. Fans of Symphonic black metal could be more friendly towards the music on the album than me. I┤d prefer Dimmu Borgir or Cradle of Filth anytime though.

The musicianship is pretty standard and the performance doesn┤t sticks out as being excellent or original by any means.

The production is good but pretty standard. Nothing special to my ears.

Codex Barathri is somewhere between a 2 and a 3 star rating for me, but I have to give it a 2 star rating as it doesn┤t really do anything for me. The album is not innovative IMO, the compositions are rather generic and the musicianship and production values are standard. I┤m just not enjoying myself. It is an improvement over the Nox Draconis Argenti EP though and that┤s always something because that release was really poor IMO.

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 Nox Draconis Argenti  by AXAMENTA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
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Nox Draconis Argenti
Axamenta Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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— First review of this album —
1 stars "Nox Draconis Argenti" is the debut release by Belgian, Zwijndrecht, Antwerp based extreme metal act Axamenta (if you don┤t count the two demos "Echoes (1995)" and "Into a Dream (1997)" which preceded it). "Nox Draconis Argenti" is an EP and the playing time is 28:01 minutes so in terms of quantity it┤s well worth the money. The EP was independently released in November 1999.

The music on the album is symphonic and melodic black metal with lots of orchestral keyboard arrangements. Listening to the bombastic and symphonic classical intro "The Revenant's Dirge" almost led me to believe that this was a side project by the guys in Rhapsody of Fire. Throughout the album the keyboards are very dominant in the soundscape. The vocals are predominantly raspy black metal type singing but there are some clean female singing too. Now I mentioned that the music on "Nox Draconis Argenti" is black metal but the keyboards have a tendency to give the music a vanilla power metal touch that unfortunately ends up draining the music of energy and edge. And believe me it┤s not like there┤s much energy there to drain in the first place. The music is very generic to begin with. Nothing here haven┤t been tried at least a hundred times with more success by artists like Dimmu Borgir or Old Man┤s Child.

The musicianship aren┤t too impressive either but the the most serious issue with "Nox Draconis Argenti" is the lack of power and memorable hooks in the music. The sound production is also below standard and "Nox Draconis Argenti" most of all sounds like a demo recording. The keyboards are too high in the mix and the raspy vocals are too low. The guitars sound thin and weak and the drums sound muddy. Upon conclusion this is not a good start for Axamenta and a 1 star (20%) rating is warranted for this generally poor quality release. Fortunately for Axamenta there were better things to come on future releases.

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 Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture  by AXAMENTA album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.21 | 5 ratings

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Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture
Axamenta Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Winand007

3 stars Well first of all, Ever-Arch-][-Tech-Ture is actually progressive symphonic black death metal, so not everyone will like this. Okay, let's start with the 1st song, "Incognation" starts good, but after a minute it becomes harder, with progressive/symphonic sounds, you have to like death metal to like this song, not the best one on the album. The 2nd song, "Demons Shelter Within" is better then the first one, it's a little bit more progressive but still very metal like also a great piano tune at the 3 minute point. The 3rd song, "Ashes To Flesh" is one of the best songs on the album imo, perfect combination between progressive/symphonic and death metal. There is also some great singing in this song. I think most of you will like this song. The 4th song, "A Nation In Atrophy" is again a lot harder, with some good parts, but this one is almost completely Death Metal, not that good. The 5th song, "The Midnight Grotesque" starts with a piano, and then some guitars with some background singing like this "ahahahahahah" or something like that :), pretty hard song, but a good one, the background singing makes it good. The 6th song, "Prophet Set To Witness" is again a death metal song. The 7th song, "Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture" is a great song, with a lot of symphonic sounds. The 8th song, "Threnody For An Endling" is written by Daniel Gildenl÷w from PAIN OF SALVATION, he is also the vocals on this song, good song. The 9th song, "Ravager 1.6.6.3." is again purely death metal, with some nice keyboard sounds. The 10th song, "Of Genesis And Apocalypse" is the longest song on the album, 8 minutes, and it's a great mix of death metal with progressive and symphonic sounds. The 11th song, "Forboding" is a short song, but a very good one, very progressive and nice to hear. The 12th song, "Shackles Cross" isn't that good, very hard, not progressive at all. The 13th song, "The Omniscient" is the best song on the album, especially the part where he is singing "save me, I'm falling" this song you all need to have.

I'll give this album a 7.5/10 because I can listen to death metal too. It's a good album, but definitely not essential.

Best songs on the album: The Omniscient, Ashes To Flesh, Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture, Threnody For An Endling and Forboding

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