Available: February 24th, 2014
Get ready for a blast from the past of good ol’ Fashioned NWOBHM and hard rock music! I am familiar with a number of NWOBHM bands such as Iron Maiden, Venom, Praying Mantis and Angel Witch but I can’t seem to recall the band Battleaxe. Doing some research I found the band released a couple of albums in the early to mid-80’s then kind of disappeared.
Now in 2014 we have a new album getting ready to be released with half of the original line-up intact. Sometimes these band reunions can be a mixed bag. Sometimes they sound old and tired and the music stuck in a cliché and other times you have a really strong album full of songs that capture what made that genre and era of music so great. Luckily for all of us Battleaxe’s ‘Heavy Metal Sanctuary’ offer us a good, solid hard rock/metal album.
‘Heavy Metal Sanctuary’ offers up AC/DC-Accept styled vocals powered with a classic metal sound to give us 12 tracks of some really great and fun metal songs. You have songs that have strong backing vocal choruses and a fist in the air attitude. You have the biting guitar and riffs that get you ready to bang your head and play you air guitar. Listening to ‘Heavy Metal Sanctuary’ does give you a flash back to the early 80’s and gives a listener a glimpse of what music was really about back in that time.
However, do not be confused into thinking the music here sounds dated or irrelevant. The songs sound fresh and full of life not dead and listless. The production is professional and well done yet still sounding organic and not sterile from over production.
While Battleaxe isn’t reinventing the wheel they have put out a great album. If you have a chance pick of ‘Heavy Metal Sanctuary’ from Battleaxe as it is a great listen and contains some great old fashioned heavy metal that needs to get more recognition.
Dave King (vocals)
Brian Smith (bass)
Mick Percy (guitar) and
Paul AT Kinson (drums)