Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Progressive/Alternative Metal
Release date: 15 February, 2013
Playing time: 49:07

For the first time ever in the history of PowerOfMetal.dk, we will bring you a cooking lesson from the Northern Denmark. It’s time to ‘boil’ an egg of equitable balance of progressive metal and alternative rock, and this is the receipt on how it’s done properly with the passion and love for music. So keep reading our fellow readers, if this has sparked your curiosity, and your stomach is screaming for more…

BOIL was born nine years ago in one of the largest cities of Denmark, called Aarhus, and the lineup includes today the five young and gifted musicians in the persons of front figure Jacob LÝbner (Malrun) on lead vocals, his fellow axmen Stig Nielsen and Kenneth Avnsted on guitars, Kristian Outinen on bass, and finally Mikkel Ib on percussion, drums and samples. Let me tell you, this bunch of musicians definitely has the skills to create beautiful things with their hands and brains, so prepare yourself for some tasteful ear candy delivered by the emotional and colorful vocal performance of lead singer LÝbner, the magnificent firework of the razor sharp and weird guitar riffs unleashed by his wingmen Stig and Kenneth, the impressive bass lines by Kristian adding the driving foundation to the album, and the well-executed complex drum patterns by Mikkel.

“aXiom” is the third attempt of the quintet trying to seduce the hearts and minds of the metalheads world-wide, following up on the growing success of their debut entitled “Vessel” released in 2007, and its successor the sophomore album “A New Decay” deployed three years ago. This time around they will try pushing their limits even further with a helping hand from their new Swedish record label ViciSolum Productions, Intromental Management, and none other than the legendary Swedish producer Jens Bogren (Katatonia, Opeth, Devin Townsend, Symphony X), who is famous for being blessed with a ‘sixth sense’ for mixing and mastering.

This album is the culmination of months of research done by BOIL supported by various Danish mental institutions and organizations. The script of this concept album was written by Mr. LÝbner based on the notes collected from the series of interviews BOIL did with a number of mentally ill people, mainly those paranoid schizophrenics suffering from delusions. The lyrical content of this album is, fractured pieces of the original script, telling the story of a paranoid schizophrenic man suffering from delusions, as well as their underlying philosophical understanding of the notion of truth, even though it’s a bit unclear at times.

The story, scattered over twelve songs, is kicked of with the opening track Sphere setting a very dark and creepy atmosphere. It’s a perfect introduction to the story told through the spoken words by LÝbner, sucking us into this dark universe, sounding like something coming out of the mouth of the “madman” himself, Marilyn Manson, before LÝbner mutates into a screaming-undeadly evil beast. He demonstrates the true power of his very emotional, versatile and brutal screaming voice with his “Jekyll & Hyde” performance matching just perfectly the mood and atmosphere surrounding each of the twelve songs. He is truly talented, and a gift to the metal scene indeed, and belongs amongst the pack of well-known metal vocalists from my little homeland Denmark. His four brothers of BOIL are not to be left unnoticed in the shadows, haunting the dark and narrow hallways of this musical journey, with such complex compositions as Equilibrium and the lengthy and epic Vindication showcasing from start to finish top-notch musicianship by each band member with their strong emphasis on the technically complexity. But even a stronghold like this album has its own weakness, just check out the track Sunbound anchored to the sacred ground of Deathcore. Maybe it’s the weakest link on the entire album, but it’s still a great example of the diversity of this album.

The scary looking cover artwork created by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Katatonia, Avenged Sevenfold) is a perfect illustration of the enormous transformation of BOIL, saying goodbye to the bright white colors, and welcomed on board the deep black palette of colors used in the artwork. Like Travis, Jens Bogren has definitely put his footprint on this creation with his superb and raw first-class production, and helped the quintet travelling along the dark pathways safely.

"aXiom" will catapult BOIL into the top of progressive rock & metal bands and are definitely not a band you should take on lightly, sound wise or lyrically. It’s a tough nut to crack, but it will be worth the effort, and once you’re caught ‘inside’ its prison, breaking out of its walls will become more difficult than you could ever imagine.

01. Sphere
At The Center Of Rage
Sever The Tie
Moth To The Flame
In A Blink Of An Eye
Heretic Martyr
Almost A Legend
Label: ViciSolum
Distribution: VME (Denmark)
Artwork rating: 89/100
Reviewed by: Tommy Skøtt
Date: 9 September, 2013
Website: www.facebook.com/boilmusic