Triaxis - Zero Hour
Triaxis, bring to us one hell of an album in Zero Hour: With major riffs, great production and tight performances across the board. Zero Hour is one heck of a debut album. If you're any sort of fan of power metal or NWOBHM this album has a lot of tight packed creativity, and creativity that's both refreshingly new and also familiar at the same time.
The album opens with an impressive track called Liberty. That I think shows off what the band can do without having to resort to going through the album. It shows of their ability and the sound they're going for. Other awesome tunes I've been enjoying are Death Machine, Stand Your Ground and Terraform. I think what sinks these songs in your head is, once again, the tight performances alongside their uncanny ability to work a melody. No doubt, Triaxis know how to create an interesting and fun ear-worm. One that keeps you singing long after you've heard the song. It’s one of those album that once you’ve started to listen, you’ll wanna finish listening to it. Then, once it’s over you’ll just put it back to track number 1 again.
I think you could make a lot of good comparisons with the Canadian band, Kobra and The Lotus. Both take influence to classic metal, both are female fronted, both have bucket fulls of talent and presence. Yes, I hear a lot of similarities as well. Yet, I feel the more accurate comparison is to bands like, Gamma Ray or, more recently, Knock Out Kaine. They just have this presence. They're nowhere near as, in your face, as KATL. They just stand strong as a band. Their strength is in their delivery and production. Everything is so balanced and the chemistry between the members is awesome. To me they feel like an egalitarian group, no one member is going to be pushed more than the others. When I say everything feels well balanced, I mean everything pops. The guitar/bass work, the vocal abilities and the drumming is all well worked and produced well.
I think I’ve made my points. Great tunes well produced. I could spend another 3 paragraphs just waffling but you wouldn’t wanna read my incoherent ramblings. So, is this something you'll wanna check out? You bet! This is one awesome band and this album is solid. A diamond in the rough for 2015.
Words: Mick 'Fruitless' Birchall