Guitarist Wör and Bassist Vermin, who had both been in Edmonton's
Sacramentary Abolishment, formed the band in 1998. The band's moniker
was actually meant as the title for the third Sacramentary Abolishment
album. Drummer and former Conqueror and concurrent Revenge man J. Read
was soon recruited.
Only three months later the Landline MCD appeared through Catharsis
Records and showcased the band's grinding sound. An appearance on the
Awaiting The Glorious Damnation Of Mankind split release followed.
In 1999 the trio was banned from performing at a planned show in
Edmonton for alleged Nazi leanings and symbolism.
A contract with Spain's fascistic Death To Mankind Records resulted in
the Strike album. Liking the underground buzz, Osmose Production soon
signed the band for two albums. Earlier the band had been close to
inking a deal with Germany's Barbarian Wrath.
The band appeared on an Osmose Production sampler with a cover of
Sacrifice's Re-Animation (taken from the earlier EP) and announced the
title of the second full length as The List.
Released in October of 2002, The List is preceded by a press release
denying the band's affiliation with the white supremacist movement.
Ireland's Invictus Productions announced the Landline 12" by the band
for early 2004. A European tour in 2004 preceded the autumn release of
Obey which was recorded at Sweden's Berno Studio. The album was issued
in North America by Red Stream.
AXIS OF ADVANCE - THE LIST - OSMOSE
As the band's moniker suggests, Canada's Axis Of Advance is all about waging war! In the absence of a lyric sheet and given the bashing pandemonium emanating from the sophomore full-length, it is difficult to imagine how the title The List can pertain to anything mainstream or benign. After all, AOA's first album was released courtesy of Spain's fascistic Death To Mankind Records. Furthermore, the band was banned at least once in 1999 from performing in its hometown of Edmonton for alleged Nazi leanings. It is safe to say the trio deny the charge, but then it is also safe to say that the act is not of the mother goose variety.
Elements of Blasphemy, Bestial Warlust, Order From Chaos and Impaled Nazarene rush forth from the speakers,.but Axis Of Advance is not a clone band. The earlier names are meant as a comparison tool. The drums are blasting and rattling. In fact the drum player plays his beats in an offbeat pattern and his blast beats in spurts - rarely keeping one pace or beat. The guitar licks, of which there are many, are delicious and the riffs violent. A depraved voice makes The List a powerful proposition. The vocals are harsh and grating. Think Deicide, Bloodstorm, etc. The trio manages a doomy riff on The Torture, some demonic screaming a la Deicide's debut on Nomination and several bass lead parts on different songs. One has to admire the determination to be different and innovative here.
Axis Of Advance may well be a band that can elevate itself within the scene were they to pull up and separate themselves from acts whose reputation was sadly tarnished to the point that the moniker had become synonymous with controversy. - Ali "The Metallian"