PARAXISM - XISM EXCURSION - CRAWFISH
This is an inconspicuous release. Over the old continent and the vast ocean and into my mail box, this 3" MCD appropriately features three songs from the Finnish band which happens to be no strangers to me, having previously heard two of their demos. Although according to the enclosed biography the band has been more active than that. Still, this is their first disc foray and I believe I would be brandishing a justified sentence by wondering out loud if all of Finland has gone The Karelian Isthmus! Of course, there is still Impaled Nazarene, so it is not an epidemic, but Paraxism is definitely reminiscent of earlier Amorphis. Having said that though, they do manage it very well. The opening song has a rocked-out riff which coupled with the progressive touch of the '70s mini moog synthesizer rapidly tarnishes the song to the progressive rock level. It's not all that deep though with the song Leech sporting a slowed-down Assassin riff a minute and half into the song. No one will recognize this one with that band having become obscure years ago and as such I'll leave it at the Karelian metal tag. Get hold of this for $6 (ppd) through Crawfish Recordings, Brahenkatu 7, 20110 Turku, Finland. - Ali "The Metallian"