December 18, 2007 | , | 3.5

Neuraxis, Live Progression

Spanning the band’s full catalog, Neuraxis’ Live Progression is the band’s first ever live album. Recorded in Quebec City, this material showcases the band’s ferocity when they perform. Featuring Alexandre Leblanc on lead vocals, this recording features metal of a technical, melodic and brutal variety. It’s quite a listen that will leave you itching for more.

Now, I’m a sucker for live albums and one of the reasons for my infatuation for these types of releases is the crowd – front man interaction. I love hearing rambling commentary from the band in reaction to the activities of the crowd. With this latest live album, I would have been much better off if I had paid more attention in my High School French class. Every time Leblanc speaks to the crowd it’s in French, or rather French Canadian, and I miss out on that interaction. Still though, you can’t help but grin with maniacal glee when the crowd erupts as he calls out song titles.

The production on this disc is superb. It sounds as though they invited a few hundred fans into the recording studio with them to knock this one out. The music is clear, sharp and powerful. The crowd noise is never overwhelming as can be heard on many live albums — their shouts and screams are at just the right level to make this one of the better live recordings I’ve heard.

I’m not going to got through all the tracks, but some highlights include the opening “The Apex”, “The Art of Sadness”, “Neurasthenic” and “Shatter the Wisdom.” This is a great introduction to the band for those of you that haven’t heard any of there studio material. You get a bit from their entire repertoire.

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