Neuraxis - Trilateral Progression
Technical Death/Grind Metal
10 songs (35:15)
Release year: 2005
Neuraxis, Willowtip
Reviewed by Jason

Although I doubt that the title of Neuraxis’s new album is an intentional self-proclamation and introverted attempt at displaying their musical maturity/advancement, I nevertheless have to say that the Trilateral Progression is a suitable name because this Montreal-based band seems to only get better with time. This new album is a testament to this statement, and for those that are familiar with Neuraxis, all it takes is a few seconds to realize a change in a sound that used to be predominantly run-of-the-mill Grindcore morph into something that keeps the old Grind elements but pushes the boundaries of technical-aggressive music. For some reason, Quebec is known for dishing out band after band tight death metal acts (equally mind-boggling drummers) with groups such as Kataklysm, Quo Vadis, Cryptopsy to name a few. Neuraxis follow the same vein of aggression these bands share, but does so with their own tinge that makes them yet another Quebec-based band worth hailing.

Trilateral Progression enmeshes the best brutal, angry and technical aspects of various genres to make and album that, at moments, would make even the angriest Metalcore tune seem like a glam-ballad. Ian Campbell’s impressive vocals breach the limits of loud and brutal, and are quite different from the norm as they aren’t as guttural as those typically heard on common technical Death Metal discs, yet at the same time don’t sound or follow the typical pattern followed by Metalcore vocalists. The result is something in between which are clear and concise vocals that still manage to stay ultra brutal and sound really pissed-off at the same time. What’s even more impressive is Campbell’s ability to deviate from the above mentioned vocal style and throw in the occasional grunt and shriek that gives the album a really eclectic sound. Complimenting the vocals is the awe inspiring musicianship which is incredibly tight and almost never stays constant. Though the change-ups in recent light remind me of Between the Buried and Me, Neuraxis annihilate them with seamless transitions that stay the same at core and don’t jump from such a broad spectrum of styles that make it sound like, as I recall someone mentioning, the band has ADD. The band is literally all over the note sheet throughout this entire album and seldom pauses from delivering the onslaught of killer riffs, blast beats and crazy drum passes.

Though every track has its utterly awesome moments making this whole album killer, my favorite would have to be the track titled A Curative Struggle who’s beginning can easily be confused for an Impaled Nazarene tune. The tracks stays brutal the whole way through but near the two minute mark one can’t help but cause themselves neck damage by the transition that flows into perhaps the most awesome riff on the album. The disc as a whole may be quite “in your face”, but there are more than enough moments that will make you want to stop punching someone and maybe throw back that head of yours and thrash it to and fro’ in a furious headbang.

In all, this is a great release by Montrealers, Neuraxis. Fans that enjoy angry and technical Death Metal with a hint of Grind that will give you the extra mental justification to kick your mom in the face should pick this one up. Keep it up guys!

Killing Songs :
Clarity, Shatter the Wisdom, A Curative Struggle, The Apex
Jason quoted 86 / 100
Other albums by Neuraxis that we have reviewed:
Neuraxis - Asylon reviewed by Goat and quoted 81 / 100
Neuraxis - The Thin Line Between reviewed by Goat and quoted 82 / 100
Neuraxis - Imagery - Passage Into Forlorn reviewed by Jason and quoted no quote
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