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CD review BATTLEAXE "Heavy Metal sanctuary"

Veröffentlicht am 6. März 2014 von Markus W. in Battleaxe, News, CD Review, Heavy Metal

(6/10) Battleaxe is back with a new album. Starting in the eighties as a part of the NWOBHM the band from England released two albums. But in the beginning of the ninties they split up. It took till 2010, when Battleaxe reunited, having still two original members on board - Dave King on vocals and Brian Smith on bass. The band never had a real breakthough and I'm afraid that the new album will not change this.

"Heavy metal sanctuary" which is released via SPV/Steamhammer is number three in the bands discography and the first one with a real metal cover. The songs, twelve in total, are straightforward heavy metal tunes which are OK. But even after listening to the entire album for three times I must say that none of the tracks really stick. I had the feeling that I have heard most of it already earlier. It's not about the fact that the music is really oldschool. I actually prefer this, being from the eighties. But since the songs are not really an acoustical explosion the album you're tempted to use the skip-button halfway.

But there are two songs, which I actually really liked. The fast "Too hot for hell" and the pounding "A prelude to battle/The legions unite" are for me the pearls on this album.

All die hard NWOBHM supporters will probabaly enjoy this album. I personally prefer more the latest releases from Accept and Hell when it comes to this kind of music.





  1. Heavy metal sanctuary
  2. Shock and awe
  3. Hail to the king
  4. Rebel with a cause
  5. Give it more
  6. Too hot for hell
  7. Revolution
  8. A prelude to battle / The legions unite
  9. Spirits of the fallen
  10. Devil calls
  11. Kingdom come
  12. Romeo


Label: Steamhammer / SPV

Genre: Heavy Metal

CD review BATTLEAXE "Heavy Metal sanctuary"