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Release Date: November 24th, 2023
RRCD1674 FINAL AXE - AXE OF THE APOSTLES 637405144475
WHAT ANGELIC WARLORD.COM SAYS....
First and foremost, it is important to keep in mind that not only was the music here written back in 1990, but the guitar and vocal parts were recorded the same year as well (both bass and drum tracks were later added to put the finishing touches on the album). Miles continues to bring his raspy and mid-octave ranged vocal style, putting forth a performance ranking with his efforts on both Titanic albums. Menchen contributes his trademark fast-fingered but at times bluesy lead guitar work in addition to furnishing the albums bass lines. However, it is Robert Sweet (Stryper) who delivers the goods on drums, adding some intense double bass on “Vengeance Is Mine” and bringing just the right amount of tight as a nail touch to “Heads Will Roll” and “Metal Missionaries”.
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Written and partially recorded in 1990, some might say that with The Axe Of The Apostles, Final Axe captured heavyweight status by showcasing their catchiest, most accessible set of tunes yet. Even while retaining the precision guitar assault and the quasi-Rob Halford vocals, the band proves they are masters at being melodic, without losing any of their intensity and edge. In true metal form, The Axe of the Apostles is relentless and refuses to give you a chance to come up for air, displaying a real penchant for power metal-ready anthems. Drums are handled by Christian metal icon, Robert Sweet (Stryper), whose busy, virtuosic rhythmic base pushes Bill Menchen (guitar) and Simon Tyler (vocals) to their most energetic and impassioned performance of their considerable careers. With The Axe of the Apostles, Final Axe provide us an album that truly towers above pretenders as the genuine article of heavy metal greatness. Out-of-print for many years, Retroactive Records 2023 CD remastered reissue features an 8-page booklet with lyrics (jewel case), and is part of the label's elite Metal Icon Series. Limited to just 300 CDs, get these classics while you still can! For fans of other Bill Menchen/Robert Sweet bands (Titanic/Seventh Power/Redeemer/Menchen) and Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Manowar, Overkill.
1 Heads Will Roll
2 Burn In Hell
3 Ball And Chain
4 Hangin' By A Thread
5 Dealign With Death
6 Vengeance Is Mine
8 Metal Missionaries
9 We're Not Heroes
10 Worlds Away
Heads Will Roll/Burn In Hell/Ball And Chain/Hangin' By A Thread/Dealing With Death/Vengeance Is Mine/Slaves/Metal Missionaries/We're Not Heroes/Worlds Away