Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Axegrinder - The Rise of the Serpent Men

'The Rise of the Serpent Men'
Axegrinder
1989

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Crust Punk, Crossover Thrash
For Fans Of: Amebix, Bolt Thrower, English Dogs, Absolut, Blind Guardian, Hellbastard
Favourite Track: War Machine

An oldie but a goodie, "The Rise of the Serpent Men" by UK thrash/crust band Axegrinder was their first and only full-length LP. Its managed to keep a cult status in the eyes of many punk and metal fans well into modern day, likely in part because they were so good, but broke up after a really short run (one year as Axegrinder four more after they changed their name to "Tyrants of Hate"). "The Rise of the Serpent" is filled to the brim with crust-ridden, gnarly bass riffs very much inspired by Amebix, but also taking cues from bands like Bolt Thrower, English Dogs, and Discharge. They had a weird flair for epic fantasy, possibly taking cues from Bolt Thrower once again, and managed to pull it off but in a really indescribably strange way that you'll have to hear for yourself. Some tracks even have off-tone pieces of dreamy, or even science fiction-esque synths, which I actually enjoyed to break up the noisier, fast-paced parts- alongside this there are also pieces of acoustic guitar, and piano, which I'm not even going to try to get into describing. Anyways, you'll figure it out- it's a classic album for a reason, enjoy!

Tracklisting:
1. Never Ending Winter (2:31)
2. Hellstorm (5:41)
3. Life Chain (4:22)
4. War Machine (6:07)
5. Evilution (5:37)
6. Rise of the Serpent Men (6:41)
7. The Final War (5:42)

Total Run-Time: (36:41)

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