and more… Welsh. In addition to (this being my first Welsh act) it is my first Metal review: surprising it has taken me this long (over three years essentially). The genre is one that can be quite divisive: people either (passionately) love it or (violently) hate it. Strangely, I am sort of in-between: I am a huge fan of Judas Priest and Metallica; a little virginal when it comes to other acts- I need to investigate the genre more closely. A lot of Metal acts- particularly ‘90s-originated ones- were fairly hit-and-miss: a lot of knuckle-dragging noise was being produced. Metal is at its finest (when the act making the music) is intelligent and nuanced- not just people who turn up; make a hell of a noise- with no regard for quality and inspiration. Unless you listen to Daniel P. Carter (Radio One D.J.) or his ilk, Metal is not often heard (in the mainstream): it is a genre that is primarily exists in the underground. The public still has a very narrow/cliché perception: many associate (the genre) with screaming and thrashing- and not a lot else. It is a shame (this is the assumption) as Metal musicians are among the smartest out there: capable of producing some truly incredible music. Sure, there is a lot of noise; a tonne or force and riffage (sic.)- a firestorm of fury and passion. These are qualities associated with (a lot of genres) yet Metal gods (and goddesses) turn it up to 11: take that passion and crank up the volume. Triaxis hail from Wales: a country synonymous (with great) Metal bands. Bullet for My Valentine, Funeral for a Friend and Skindred (are among the country’s best). Expunging the likes of Lostprophets (and their depraved lead singer) and you have quite a roster-Triaxis can rank among (Wales’) very finest. Having been recommended by a friend (Haris); I am glad I have discovered them- the band are among the most impressive new acts coming through. Before I go into more detail, let me (via their own words) introduce them:
Mixed and Mastered by James Stephenson at Stymphalian Productions .
Artworking by Gavin Kirby and CJ Wilson.
Published by Scarlet Songs.
Ossein ‘Oz’ created by Tom at Razorstorm.
Unlike a lot of Metal acts- especially ‘mainstream’ examples- Traixis have a boy-girl line-up: most Metal acts tend to be all-male. This ‘diversity’ has made a big difference; added to their music- the bond between the musicians is clearly evident. Arriving with their third album (Zero Hour) the band have no plans of slowing: through a (hugely successful) Pledgemusic campaign they were able to fund the L.P.- the support from their fans has been overwhelming. The five-piece have big ambitions; plans for the future- a prestigious spot at Bloodlines awaits them. It is not hard to see (why the band is so favoured) as their music draws in their influences- including Iron Maiden and Judas Priest- and adds their distinct personalities: Traixis sound very much like themselves (when it is all said and done). I hope the band manage to conquer the U.K.: their latest album is taking large steps towards this goal. Playing all across the country, they are recruiting acolytes (at a rate of knots): it cannot be long before the U.S. comes a-calling- their music has the potential to transcend barriers and nations.
Vocals – Krissie.
Drums – Giles.
Rhythm guitar – CJ.
Lead Guitar – Glyn.
Bass Guitar – Becky.
Don’t want to fight just ignite a J.D. and coke!
Let’s go in tandem, get the rest of the girls
One day you’ll wake and realise that this morning you’re reborn
WE all should take to heart.
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