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Fireaxe - Victory Or Death

=Staff's pick

Failures Of The Fathers*
Food For The Gods
The Covenant/My Name Is Joshua
The Great Crusade
Guardian Of The Realm*
Cut Or Be Cut
The Soul Doctors
Black Knight*

Genre Heavy Metal
Brian Voth
Tracks 9
Brian Voth
Runningtime 78 Min.
Label ---
Brian Voth
Release 2003
Brian Voth
Country USA
Similar artists King Diamond

Fireaxe is an ambitious one man effort. Brian Voth that is the man behind it all does everything on his own, and he does it pretty good as well. Apart from the drums that are programmed he plays and sings it all. Victory or Death is a collection of Fireaxe songs that is featured on the three CD project Food for the Gods.

It sounds similar to King Diamond both in sound as with the vocals, not as powerful vocals but without the annoying high pitch screams though. The music and the song structure is at many times theatrical in the same kind of King Diamond way. And it oozes of the eighties metal with a galloping sound and driving guitars. The influences seems to be coming from many directions and apart from King Diamond you can hear traces of Iron Maiden and NWOBHM. Likewise you hear progressive moments and a thought towards Rush and early Fates Warning doesn't seem to be too farfetched.

Considering it is all done by one man it is really good, but I have problems with the drum machine, it simply sounds too much machine and takes away some of the enjoyment. And it would have been really good drumming if it had been real drums instead of a machine. And even though Brian's voice isn't bad, I feel it is in that area together with the drums there are most improvement to be done.






6 chalices of 10 - Thomas

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