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Hit The Floor Magazine Gives Axis Of Finding St Kilda 9/10

Northern Ireland have really produced the goods with this one, for a debut album ‘Finding St Kilda’ is a superb effort.

Band: Axis Of?

Release: 'Finding St Kilda?'

Release Date: 18th March 2013

Northern Ireland have really produced the goods with this one. Having an album throw you in so many different directions within such a short amount of time is always an achievement and something Axis Of can definitely be proud of producing. For a debut album ‘Finding St Kilda’ is a superb effort.

I guess if you had to classify the band into a genre you would generally say “Punk” but there is so much more within this album to put a definite stamp on their sound just yet.

Where tracks such as opening gem "Cardiel" give you that crowd chanting, almost Dropkick Murphys-esque, punk feel by the time to you reach tracks such as "World’s Oldest Computer" and the chaotic "Aung" you are thrown deep into the pit with fast riffs, chugging breakdowns and aggressive vocals having you hold on for dear life. This is certainly an album that keeps you on your toes and keeps things varied.

Later tracks on the album have an almost grunge feel to them with their sludgy guitar feel giving tracks such as "Stan Winston’s Rough Seas" an almost Weezer ‘El Scorcho’ feel at times and the last minute of "Edge Of The Canebrake" I almost felt like I’d accidentally put on some Smashing Pumpkins.

What’s brilliant about this all though is, it works! Even with the mix of sounds the album still feels like Axis Of and doesn’t take you to far off course. It’s exciting stuff.

With a debut this strong hopefully it won’t be long until we are hearing a lot more from these guys. If sludgy guitars, head rocking riffs, punk rock chants and the odd splash of hardcore take your fancy then you can do no wrong with Axis Of!

9/10

Reviewer: Chris Hines

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