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Release Date: November 24th, 2023
RRV1673 FINAL AXE - BEYOND HELL’S GATE 637405141030
Cliffy, lead guitarist of Main Line Riders had the following to say about Robert Sweet’s (Stryper) performance:
“If you ever thought drums don't make a difference then I invite you to check this out and prove to yourself how wrong you were. Robert makes such a difference on this album that you'll swear you've never heard it before.”ou ever thought drums don't make a difference then I invite you to check this out and prove to yourself how wrong you were. Robert makes such a difference on this album that you'll swear you've never heard it before.”
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Beyond Hell’s Gate specializes in profound hooks, speedy riffing, shredding guitars and a full on heavy metal assault. This heavy metal classic was originally recorded in 1989 but never released until 2005. It was then reissued as a 2010 Collector's Edition on Retroactive Records and featured new artwork, while the music was remixed, remastered, and partially re-recorded. Retroactive Records and fans of the band are eternally grateful to the amazing Robert Sweet (Stryper) for providing real drums on this 2010/2023 version (the original features only a drum machine). We asked him to - really let lose - and to - "drum like you always wanted to" - with no restrictions - and that's exactly what he did! The result is a world-class heavy metal release with drums by a bonafide superstar! In addition, there are three tracks included on the Collectors Edition that did not appear on the 2005 release – an Intro track, an Outro track (both instrumental) but the real gem is the ROBERT SWEET Drum Solo entitled Area 51! This is the very first Robert Sweet drum solo (studio recorded) released since the legendary ROXX REGIME demo! Mastered for Vinyl 2023 by Rob Colwell (Bombworks Sound and featuring three instrumental bonus tracks, this is the definitive release of this revered classic. Black Vinyl also includes a 12x12 lyrics insert and fans are also treated to an historic write up about the band and album by White Throne's Keven Crothers! Don’t expect candy-coated glam metal here. Final Axe specializes in big, neck bulging, fist extending, righteous riffs. Limited to just 150 vinyl copies world-wide! For fans of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Armored Saint, and early Bloodgood! Enjoy!
1 Beyond The Gate (instrumental bonus track)
2 Baptized In Blood
3 Are You Ready?
4 No Time To Die
5 Soldier Of Compromise
6 Blind Faith
7 Area 51 (instrumental bonus track)
8 Close To Deliverance
9 Thrown In The Fire
10 Don't Run Away
11 War Cry
12 Rated X
13 Eternity (instrumental bonus track))