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BATTLEAXE HEAVY METAL SANCTUARY ALBUM REVIEW 2014

 

BATTLEAXE - HEAVY METAL SANCTUARY

STEAMHAMMER / SPV

FEBRUARY 21 2014

 

 

This is old school Metal like they used to make it, simple and unadorned, with epic and mystical themes. From the ‘raise your fists and yell’ bluster of the anthemic title track (incidentally where title tracks should be positioned – right at the start) to the final notes of ‘Romeo’ this is an album that  makes you feel good, takes you back to a simpler time and makes you wonder when you can see these guys live!

 

Songs like ‘Hail to the King’ certainly have a classic Priest meets Saxon NWOBHM vibe and really its little wonder when the origins of this rekindled UK band lay in the mists of time (well the early eighties at least).

 

If you are looking for an album that flies in the face of fashion and sticks to its roots then this is an album you can’t help but enjoy. There’s also surprising variety with the punk meets Hard Rock vibe of ‘Rebel With a Cause’ through the proto-boogie ‘Give It More’  which is pure AC/DC to tracks like the blistering ‘Too Hot For Hell’ the sing-along anthem and our highlight here!

 

But like on all the best albums, there’s more: ‘Prelude to Battle/The Legions Unite’ is a mid-tempo epic that showcases some solid musicianship and adds kick to the album. ‘Spirits of the Fallen’ another of our favourites is vintage NWOBHM up with the very best vintage. We end in style too with the wonderful Hard Rock of ‘Devils Call’; the acoustic led slower number ‘Kingdom Come’ and the sheer fun of ‘Romeo’ to round out a great album.

 

A great album.

 

 

by Jo Rockpit

 

BATTLEAXE HEAVY METAL SANCTUARY ALBUM REVIEW 2014