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Axia - 2004 Axia

Peo Pettersson - lead vocals, guitars, keyboards
Robert Jacobsson - lead guitar, vocals
Morgan Blomquist - guitars, vocals
Niclas Ericson - bass, vocals
Peter Andersson - bass, vocals
Michael Pethrus - drums, vocals
Michael Alexandersen - drums, percussion, vocals

Good lord, what on earth is this? A Swedish band with their roots stuck way back in 1985, and featuring Pettersson, better known from those Swedish bible belters Leviticus who he joined later on. I struggle to comprehend how this gets a re-release on MTM's Classix series. If it was any good way back then, I'm sure most of us would have heard about it during the course of time. Admittedly, Axia do have their good moments (bordering on superb actually!), but they do sound as if they are a victim of the era, comparisons to early Europe or Treat being made. First coming to the fore in Sweden during 1985 with the release of an EP called 'Charge It Up, Blast It Out', the band developed a steady local following, and they were in fact trying to cash in on the blossoming Scandi scene happening at the time. To be honest, these tracks are stuck very much in the 80's, and though they do have some great ideas, listening to it many years later highlights the imbalance of such releases compared to the current modern day efforts where they have the benefit of modern day technology and recording techniques. What I can say is that the lead guitar on this album absolutely smokes!

The Songs
Of the tracks that do work, I can include 'Loser', despite the tortured vocals, this one is a smouldering beauty. Even on the Europe like 'Falling Apart' the band do the 'slow-burn' thing with aplomb! I quite liked 'On My Way', which displays some AOR-like touches throughout. Even better is the terrific 'Angela', an awesome chorus and a track that deserves a lot of credit. 'Confession Of Love' is kinda cool too, another one of those slow-burn numbers with an excellent solo to compliment it. When they heavy it up a bit, the band move into Accept territory, 'In For Rock N Roll' being a prime example, despite its cheeziness! The four tracks from the original 'Charge It Up, Blast It Out' EP are included here as bonus tracks. On these tracks, you can hear definite youthful energy, bordering on rabid hard rock/metal a la early Iron Maiden. An interesting listen for sure.

In Summary
As you can appreciate from this review, Axia is probably not an essential release. Don't get me wrong, it ain't a complete write-off either, especially with the quality of a track like 'Angela' onboard. Perhaps a better example of Peo's work is his 1995 album 'Look What I've Started', a great record which has many fans here. I can only hope that the guys at MTM undertake some sort of quality assurance programme when it comes to identifying future albums for adding to their Classix series. Perhaps our readership can volunteer some assistance here?

Track Time: 48:57
Sponsor: RiotOz Distribution

Track Listing:
01 Intro instrumental
02 It Ain't Love
03 Loser
04 In for Rock'n Roll
05 Falling Apart
06 On My Way
07 Angela
08 Get Down
09 Confession of Love
10 Fire
11 Increasing Action (bonus track)
12 Forced Into Darkness (bonus track)
13 Never Ending Love (bonus track)
14 The Savage Ramblers (bonus track)

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