CD review AXXIS ‘Virus of a Modern Time’

German melodic metallers Axxis show in a positive way how quickly you can adapt to the current situation of Covid-19 and all the negative effects that comes with the virus. Realizing the impact of the virus on mankind reminded Axxis frontman Bernhard Weiss very much of the theme of ‘Prometheus Brain Project’, a theater play / Rock opera with songs arranged by Weiss and band mate Harry Oellers. It feels like the staging turned into reality 13 years later, reason enough for the band to suspend current work on the new album for giving time to the recording of an EP.

Axxis unveil with ‘Virus of a Modern Time’ a seven track comprising EP with songs from the ‘Prometheus Brain Project’. Besides the thematically relevance the tracks on this EP reflect 100% Axxis when it comes to music. Equipped with great melodies and catchy hooks each of the songs fits perfectly into the Axxis repertoire. The uptempo opener ‘Babylon’, the dramatic and dark ‘Last Eagle’ and the pushing ‘Virus of a Modern Time’ are Melodic Metal anthems that unveil their beauty also outside of a theater play.

Bernhard Weiss and band mates show that new situations demand adjusted game plans. ‘Virus of a Modern Time’ isn’t the result of a longterm planning process. It’s an EP with great songs that have been reactivated, acting as some musical sun-rays in days of darkness.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Babylon
  2. Boats of Hope
  3. Last Eagle
  4. Mother Money
  5. Virus of a Modern Time (Video version)
  6. Virus of a Modern Time
  7. War Games

Label: Phonotraxx Publishing

Genre: Melodic Metal

Release Date EU: April 10th, 2020

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