Astrixion separate themselves from the pack by diving into the more melodic and monstrous equally.
If Jellybean Machine proved their eccentric and exciting willingness to experiment with previous rock opera album ‘The Curiosity Of The Cat’, the new release continues in that vein, blurring genres and sounding great doing it.
Napoleon come bursting onto the scene with a truly monstrous sound so huge it’s dark and menacing shadow eclipses all else.
‘Down!’ doesn’t exhaust itself too early, instead it builds upon itself before finally exploding in a chorus of voices all shouting in unity their own reasons for feeling down.
Bad Static strut into with a ferocious and feral energy and daggered heels just daring you to wolf whistle. ‘Peach’ subverts the male gaze with a bloodied and bare breasted power that is awe inspiring in its brutal beauty.
Joe Devine has clearly tapped into something heavenly, from the very first second ‘Too Far Gone’ introduces a richly atmospheric sound that is so tightly interwoven it would be nearly impossible to pick apart all the threads.
This is filthy, it’s fresh, and it’s ferocious. If this is the shape of the scene to come in the wake of groups like Run The Jewels there is about to be a rap renaissance.
With its tight and intricate multisyllabic rhyme schemes ‘Battle Of The Mind’ is a track that can rekindle the fire that may have smouldered out in many a hip hop head.
‘Regressor’ is atmospheric and creates this fuzzy dreamlike feeling that you can’t help but get lost in. But it is also gargantuan in sound, easily toppling expectations as each giant foot sends tremors outwards making a meteoric impact.
Dan Miraldi soundtracks the apocalypse with a hotfooted little bass riff that invites your feet to the dancefloor from the opening second. This is a track born out of those lockdown blues but the clever songwriting and lyricism give it live and legs far beyond that.