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Axxis - 2017 Retrolution

ALBUM: Retrolution
LABEL: Phonotraxx Publishing
YEAR: 2017


LINEUP: Bernhard Weiss - lead vocals * Stefan Weber - guitars * Rob Schomaker - bass * Harry Oellers - keyboards * Dirk Brand - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Burn! Burn! Burn! * 02 All My Friends Are Liars * 03 Dream Chaser * 04 Burn Down Your House * 05 Rock The Night * 06 The World Is Mine * 07 Do It Better * 08 Queen Of The Wind * 09 Seven Devils * 10 This Is My Day * 11 Somebody Died At The Party * 12 Heavy Metal Brother * 13 Welcome To My Nightmare * 14 Demons Dare To Stay (Bonus Track)



This band has been around for a long time. 1988 was when Dortmund based Axxis first came to light, and here we are thirty years later still belting out the tunes. There's only two guys from those early days still involved, being Weiss and Oellers. Axxis have drifted between melodic hard rock and Euro metal, and released many albums since their 1989 debut 'Kingdom Of The Night' all the way through to their latest 2017 effort 'Retrolution'. Style wise, there is no change musically, at least with Axxis we know what we're dealing with. It's very Euro, very German, but it's also very melodic. So if you're into bands from that era (The Scorpions, Domain, Mad Max, Sinner etc), 'Retrolution' should be on your wants-list

The Songs
Yes, there are some barnstormers here, such as the fiery opener 'Burn! Burn! Burn!', the rollicking 'All My Friends Are Liars' and 'Rock The Night'. But mostly I find this to be an approachable hard rocking set that has many commercial moments. Axxis certainly change things around on this album. The sing-a-long 'Burn Down Your House' borders on AOR believe it or not, 'The World Is Mine' chugs away as a hard rock track rather than metal, 'Do It Better' is a rumbling classic rocker while 'Queen Of The Wind' is a mostly acoustic power ballad which trends upwards. Axxis lift the tempo for 'Seven Devils', another hard rock excursion of the melodic kind. The band kick the door down on the remaning tracks, 'Somebody Died At The Party', 'Heavy Metal Brother', 'Welcome To My Nightmare' and the bonus track 'Demons Dare To Stay' reminding everyone of the Axxis legacy that went before.

In Summary
'Retrolution' turned out to be a fun listen, and not quite as heavy as I was anticipating to be. I was quite surprised by this, so may in fact, go back and take a listen to their more recent albums. Give it a shot!

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