promoted this 3rd full length from the Canadian trio, first on Osmose
with some reserves. This little more than half an hour of aggressive
black/death metal not easily definable is based on thrash/death and
almost black vocals, sometimes demon-like effected, and simple, but
effective sharp guitars.
There are rather often slowdowns making the record attractive, sometimes
a little symphonic ("Annihilation"), but mostly dark
and doom ("The Torture").
"Sacrifice" is a pure black metal song, which beging
slowly and soon becomes very dynamic, while the masterpiece "Massacrion"
contains the best drum solo of the album and also features a splendid
alternation between tight black parts and monumental doomy parts.
A composition like "Namination" is fit for a horror/gore
or war film, whereas "Supremincer" reminds me a bit
of Destroyer 666; if "Retallahttack" is nothing but
pure apocalypse, the closing "Shifter" is the devastating
final sledge-hammer blow, as fast and heavy as possible!
Owing to a dirty and ultraraw production realized at Peter Neuber's
Mega Wimp Studio, this becomes a not easy CD to appreciate; you need
2 or 3 listenings before assimilating the tracks completely, but when
you make them yours in your mind they really kick you in the ass.
That's why I fear "The List" won't be understood by
many people, so if A.o.A. can read this review, I suggest'em to have
these as new goals for the next record: improve your skill and songwriting,
and use a higher budget!
The songs are actually sort of original just through the particular
blend of genres and sounds utilised, so we have to acknowledge that
the 3-piece have undertaken not to give us the same warmed soup again.
P.S. The 500 copies on vynil contain an unmissable Deathstrike's cover!
MARKUS GANZHERRLICH - 28/10/02
07.98 The destruction of Wör and Vermin's previous band, Sacramentary
09.98 The formation of Axis of Advance; the recruitment of J Read as
04.99 The recording and subsequent release of 'Landline' mCD (Catharsis
06.99 The recording of 'Tactics Forth' - a song for a 4 Way split 7"
11.00 The recording of 'Strike' CD/LP
01.01 The release of 'Awaiting the Glorious Damnation of Mankind' Split
7" (Demonion Prod.)
11.01 The release of 'Strike' CD/LP (Death To Mankind Records)
06.02 The recording of 'The List' CD/LP
08.02 The recording of 'Elemental' (Thergothon Cover) for a local compilation
09.02 The release of 'Project Infinity Vol.2' compilation (containing
10.02 The release of 'The List' CD/LP (Osmose Productions)