Released: 2009, Pulverised Records
Reviewer: Luxi Lahtinen
The Swedish warmongers Axis Powers features 3 out of 5 Suicidal Winds members, and if we can talk about some sort of ´retro-ism´, let´s spread our arms wide open and welcome Axis Powers.
Axis Powers - no surprise, is sort of a tribute band music-wise to some of the elder gods of Swedish death metal. Nirvana 2002, Carnage, Nihilist/early Entombed, Therion, Afflicted Convulsion, etc. - you name them. Those Swedish death troops´ influence is kinda obvious in Axis Powers´ cavalcade of crisp and down-tuned old death metal songs - and in fact what I think they have done when trying to get their collective ideas and thoughts together for this album, they have probably gone through heaploads of old Swedish demo tapes from the golden era of Swedish death metal – and simply let them get inspired by the roughness and true underground spirit of them. And this is what MARCHING TOWARDS DESTRUCTION is all about more than anything else really.
Axis Powers´ second album brings listeners back to the sharpest wave of Swedish death metal, cherishing those times the best it can, and just offering the best out of it. There´s hardly nothing new to be reported about this well known style of metal any more, but it´s absolutely great that there are still a fair amount of dedicated bands out there that can play the old Swedish style as convincingly as Axis Powers do. MARCHING TOWARDS DESTRUCTION represents that Swedish old school death metal style to the max, and the whole outcome of all their efforts to reawaken and reinflame that old Swedish underground beast back to its strong hind limbs again, sounds nothing but adorable. You just gotta love that über-crisp, über-heavy and über-down-tuned guitar sound, don´t you?
If you are a fan of early Swedish death metal sound, make no mistake and don't let this album pass you by.