Sometimes you can be guilty by association in a good way. Take French thrash band Lyzanxia as an example. The young group scores big by getting famed Gothenburg, Sweden producer Fredrik Nordstrom to record their first full-length a couple years ago, and ever since itís been one comparison to In Flames and Soilwork after another. Unfair comparisons.
Rather, Lyzanxiaís latest album, Mindcrimes, is an excellent work that mixes a bit of the old with a bit of the new. Think Megadeth meets the more modern riffing and guitar tones found on Meshuggah albums. Then factor in more vocal deliveries and angles that you can keep track of. The record opens up with the hard attack of "Time Dealer," but then mellows out to the "soft" version of thrash on "Dusk," and then builds the speed back up again. In todayís thrash metal world, it is fairly uncommon for a band not to be of the mind set to go "metal thrashing mad" at all times, instead varying the tempo, intensity and melodicism, all done with success on Mindcrimes.
The vocal variation works rather well. If anything, it prevents the listener from immediately pigeonholing the record as being a certain way (wish we could say the same about the "new" Destruction, eh?) The delivery of brothers-in-arms David and Franck Potvin is still undergoing some enthusiastic, youthful experimentation that is fun to watch. The two will certainly come more into their own in future records.
Most importantly, Lyzanxia is a fresh band in a fresh scene, and just happens to be already making some damn good material. Mindcrimes has depth and a good treasury of riffs and song ideas, not to mention the Studio Fredman production. Recommended. (7.6/10)
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