Axis Show Your Greed

Axis Show Your Greed
9
It's been a good couple of years for metalcore. After Code Orange pushed the floodgates open with 2014's I Am King, excellent and diverse releases by Hollow Earth, Old Wounds and Blistered, to name a few, have brought the '90s to mind without sounding dated.
 
On Show Your Greed, Axis capture the spirit of Turmoil and Indecision in a way that rivals Foundation. The album is frantic and furious, with the crunchy chugs and screeching, dissonant chords butting heads in a constant battle of pure might versus anxiety. While the breakdowns are punishing enough, it's the starts and stops that really take the album to the next level, adding a satisfyingly jarring effect to the music, like a seatbelt locking to stop you from flying through the windshield.
 
Axis form tortuous roads here, through mountains with no guardrails; on Show Your Greed, going through the windshield is only one of your worries. (Good Fight)