The album starts off with “This Song For You”, a riff-heavy, classic sounding piece of metal, the guitars are bold and played with passion, and vocally, front man Antony Mannone delivers a performance not unlike Phil Anselmo in places, just not as deep, but it has that rugged character to it. “Cores” keeps the metal coming in abundance with a driving bass-line and more riff’s, it’s an early album highlight, with a cheeky little solo too courtesy of Guiseppe Di Giorgi.
First single “Riding This Wave” starts off rather mellow in tone with some melodic acoustic guitar and incorporates some much softer vocals, but the shift in tempo isn’t a bad thing, showing the Italian trio are more than capable of mixing it up creatively. It’s slightly bluesy and is an enjoyable listen. “The End Of Line” starts off similarly in tempo, a slow burner, has a mad moment just past the two minute mark, then settles back down again, a bit of a yoyo of a track, before we finish up on “A Chip On My Shoulder”. We’re back to the heavy vocals for this one, and despite its slow, drawn out intro, turns into a pleasantly climatic barrage.
As a whole, ArtemiXia Cor are a decent unit; they clearly love what they do and show passion for the heritage of the genre and “As God Intended” is proof of that. Granted they could benefit from a little polishing off here and there, tweaking a few things and smoothing things out, but there’s substance to this album which indicates a lot of potential.