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January 2004
Released: 2003, Trepan
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Lord of the Wasteland

Lyzanxia is a French band featuring brothers David and Franck Potvin on vocals and guitars. One has a clean voice, the other a death growl. The band’s music is a mix of thrash, death, hard rock and even a bit of industrial. Famed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordstrom helmed the album and has given it his usual stellar touch. The cover and artwork in the booklet is also very eye-catching.

“Time Dealer” sounds like a missing track from Strapping Young Lad’s CITY album, while “Damnesia” sounds like John Bush on vocals and features an old-school thrash finale that reminded me of vintage Testament. On the other hand, “Dusk” is a slower song with a very catchy chorus.

The interplay of the clean/death vocal dynamic is always interesting, though certainly not original. The music on the other hand is excellent. I really didn’t know what to think of these guys and I was pleasantly surprised. The songs are well-structured and offer a bit of everything. Whether this could be construed as “directionless” or “innovative” is up in the air but Lyzanxia make it work on MINDCRIMES.

KILLER KUTS: “Time Dealer”
Track Listing

1. Time Dealer
2. Medulla Need
3. Damnesia
4. Mind Split
5. Dusk
6. Game Time
7. My Blank Confession
8. Black Side
9. Silence Code
10. D.M.
11. Fugitive
12. Glass Bones


David Potvin—Vocals/Lead Guitars
Franck Potvin—Vocals/Rhythm Guitars
Eguil Voisin—Bass
Dirk Verbeuren—Drums

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