WITCH CROSS “Axe To Grind” – A Legendary Return To Metal Prominence!
5 Out Of 5 METAL Fists!
WITCH CROSS – With two original band members (guitarist/songwriter Mike Koch, bassist Jan Normark), the legendary True Metal attack of WITCH CROSS has returned for their sophomore studio album: Axe To Grind (Hells Headbangers). These Danish Metal warriors indeed have returned! Fans of WITCH CROSS and Traditional Metal most likely never thought a follow-up to 1984′s (debut) Fit For Fight would ever come to pass; I was certainly one of them! Now I’m forever psyched-out… Metal be thy name.
Once news broke of a WITCH CROSS reunion, with live gigs and Festival performances taking flight in Europe these last two years, the momentum of this dynamic Metal band metamorphosed into a flaming Metal juggernaut! Axe To Grind has proven to my Metal soul and senses that it’s truly a spectacular return to Metal prominence for WITCH CROSS; with the songwriting and musicianship capturing the spirit, sound, energy and total atmosphere of what this grand band was and always shall be about.
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The addition of new vocalist Kevin Moore has proven to be synonymous with capturing lightning in a bottle; his experience, songwriting and frontman presence has glistened on Axe To Grind; solidifying his place in both WITCH CROSS and Metal history. Mike Koch and Kevin Moore combined to write the majority of Axe To Grind and their skillful success at combining this bands vibes of the past with today’s Metal relevancy is jaw-dropping commendable!
Axe To Grind is a Metal album you absolutely cannot overlook in 2013! WITCH CROSS have delivered and the totality of Metal splendor explodes from such mega-memorable tracks as: Demon In The Mirror, Ride With The Wind, Bird Of Prey and Metal Nation (Raise Your Hands). Axe To Grind is one of those rare Metal albums that flows together so brilliantly; I feel as if I’m discovering a Metal gem for the very first time with each thorough listen!
The double axe attack fury of Mike Koch and Paul Martin are both melodic and blazing, leaving their numerous riffs, leads and solos within my subconscious long after I’ve listened to Axe To Grind. Incredible. The vocals of Kevin Moore have been ingrained into my subconscious as well; his standout performance on Axe To Grind is absolute.
Jan Normark on bass and Lars Bjornstad on drums are a consummate rhythm section that provides the old school boom and thundercracks, further solidifying what is undeniably one of the greatest comebacks in Heavy Metal history that’s forever known as WITCH CROSS.
Kevin Moore – Vocals
Mike Koch – Guitars
Paul Martin – Guitars
Jan Normark – Bass
Lars Bjornstad – Drums
AXE TO GRIND – Track Listing:
March Of The Vikings
Demon In The Mirror
Ride With The Wind
Metal Nation (Raise Your Hands)
Awakening / Pandora’s Box
Axe To Grind
Bird Of Prey
Lost Without Warning
Part Of The Machine
The Killing Of Chelsea 100
Beyond The Veil
* Mastered by Flemming Rasmussen and mixed by Chris Tsangarides
FEATURED GUEST ARTISTS:
* Jax Chambers (Girlschool) - guitar solo is featured on The Killing Of Chelsea 100
* Marta Gabriel (Crystal Viper) - vocals featured on Bird Of Prey
* Anders “AC” Hjort (original Witch Cross drummer) - drums on instrumental Axe To Grind
* Graham Oliver (former SAXON) - guitar solo on Ride The Wind
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LONG LIVE WITCH CROSS.
LONG LIVE METAL.
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