Here comes another underachieving Canadian band. Typical for Canada, the country's metal bands are better than most of the competition and proportionally less well-known and popular. Listen to Neuraxis. Past the inconsequential lyrics which are hampered by multiple misspellings and grammatical mistakes, Neuraxis is a strongly versatile yet heavy band. The singer manages to both growl and scream effectively - nothing wrong with him at all. The musicians incorporate several distinct sounds and metal sub genres, and this is the key, without ever losing sight of the speed and heaviness factors. Now how many bands can make that claim? The production is very strong here allowing each instrument (and that includes the vocals) to punch through. Neuraxis has found the formula to keeping the sound clean while having so much going on simultaneously. To add further value for money A Passage Into Forlorn features videos, older tracks, and more. Can 'value for money' be said even if this disc lasts only 24 minutes? French Canada has given the world many wonderful bands that have gone nowhere simply because of the mistaken arrogance that having good material is good enough. While Cannibal Corpse and Napalm Death, as examples, were touring their asses off playing every single toilet that would have them, Obliveon (to cite one example) was slowed down to extinction by day jobs, contractual demands and other excuses. Let's hope Neuraxis is not making the same mistake. Hard work has to be smart work for it to matter. With album number three coming out, it's time for Neuraxis to learn from successful acts and adopt a push instead of the failed pull strategy. And no, not Nuclear Blast, it's on Neoblast!

Here is something simple one can appreciate about Montreal’s Neuraxis: the songs do not begin in the same way as every other one. If one would just listen to the start of many other bands’ songs then it soon becomes clear that many have picked one formula and stick with it. Neuraxis varies things and keeps the songs fresh. This is probably a function of the Montrealers’ playing prowess. Yes, the band is a techno-death metal group, of which Montreal has many, but the song and heaviness is rarely forgotten. While many of Neuraxis’ peers are happy to pull off a super-human 895 riffs and tempo changes per minute Neuraxis combines technical riffing and breaks with some actual power. The band is a cliché, however, so far as its line-up changes are concerned. New singer, new guitarist and an almost new drummer mean the band’s sound is not exactly what it was on the last studio album, but one can almost say that The Thin Line Between is better for it. The album supposedly feature vocal contributions from Negativa and ex-Gorguts singer Luc Lemay. It passed me by. Favourite songs: Dreaming The End and The All And The Nothing. - Anna Tergel