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:Music Review: Coraxo – Starlit Flame II

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Coraxo – Starlit Flame II
Release Date: October 10, 2014
Label: Self Released
Official Website: http://coraxo-official.com/

Review by Don Waugh Esq

coraxo – starlit flame II - coverWhen last we left the science fiction themed death metal band, Coraxo, they had released the first of a trilogy of EPs intent on exploring the Weyland-Yutani universe. In Starlit Flame, an alien nanotech had taken over a derelict starship, and a band of soldiers and scientists had been lured aboard. In the end, the alien ship was destroyed while en route to Earth.

Taking place several hundred years later, Starlit Flame II picks up where the first left off.

Coraxo, which translates as “Thunder,” or as the band puts it, “Spirits of Wrath and Judgment,” is Tomi Toivonen (Vox, Guitars, and Programming) with Ville Vistbacka on drums. They’re joined this go-around by Ville Kokko on bass.

Starting off with the instrumental track, “Aditus,” the band wastes no time setting the atmosphere. We’re off and running as the nanotech hits Earth, and everyone begins to have a bad day.

Like something out of a nightmare, the race is on to determine who’s infected, and who’s not. “Lanterns” lights the way to understanding the problem, and then from there, it’s an all-out war of the world.

The music and lyrics play out like a tale of the apocalypse, and considering that we’re discussing the end of humanity against enemies we literally cannot see, it’s not a bad analogy. “The Citadel” reflects the protagonist’s hopes that there’s a future to fight for, while the closing track, “Ghosts,” despairs of any hope.

Of course, this is just the second EP of a trilogy, and it’s a testament to Coraxo that they leave us wanting more. Someday soon, we’ll finish the story. Until then, we have two EPs to keep the stories fresh in our minds, like burrowing nanotech.

Track Listing

1. Aditus
2. Lanterns
3. Tangier
4. The Bastion
5. The Citadel
6. Ghosts

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