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Neuraxis - The Thin Line Between

PatBastard   (40 reviews)

Posted: 09/28/2008 | Comments: 0 | Rate:

These Canadian monsters used to keep my attention; unfortunately on this release I find myself uninterested and quite bored by the songs they have on "The Thin Line Between." The riffs just don't have the aggression and power their older material showcased and the tempo of the album seems to keep the same stagnant beat over and over with the exception of a few tracks.

It could also be due to the fact that the drums feel as though they're holding back a bit. Granted there are blasts and massive amounts of double kick, but it just doesn't feel like the Neuraxis I've been accustomed to listening to.

Kicking off the album, "Darkness Prevails" just seems to fall short of a decent opening track. As sad as it seems to say, it plays out like an overly generic death/groove song that sets the feel for the rest of the album. The next track "Wicked" is again more of the same tired riffs with a lackluster feel; the only redeeming quality is the melodic pre-chorus that pops up with some rather decent guitar work over it. Again, most of the tracks to follow are passable songs until the title track, which plays out like an older Neuraxis song, with the speed and aggression the album needed.

The production of the album is well done, but seems to lack a bit of bass in the mix. The guitar tone is warm, yet brisk, and the have a natural feel to them instead of that mechanical tone that most new metal records have come to show over the years.

Overall, the album hasn't really kept my interests with the exception of a few select tracks. There's a bit too much filler and not enough killer plaguing this album. If you're new to Neuraxis, I'd suggest starting on their older material before picking this record up.

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