VARIOUS: The Axe Attack - NZ Metal, Vol. 1
By David Harris
Talk about a mine of local metal - Chuganaut, Shakhan, New Way Home, Stardrunk, Malevolence, World War Four, Subtract, Cripple Mr Onion, Blackjack, Saidaya, Outshine, 8 Foot Sativa, Ramekin, 8forty8, Six Day War and Dawn of Azazel. If you list metal and NZ music amongst your favourite things this is a must have compilation. Intergalactic/Hellman are onto a sure thing thanks to the Axeman though I would like to see what's left for Vol. 2. The selection shows NZ metal has stepped up to compete happily with most overseas bands. Even the demos are excellent quality, hard to discern any difference to those tried and true. This CD has a web link to almost every band featured, if you're interested you can find out more. Proof that metal is moving with the times and here to stay. This CD has been wearing a groove in my walkman for the last three weeks and I'm only just beginning to appreciate the beauty of it. Give it a permanent position in your collection and support our metallers.