BAND: AXEMASTER ALBUM: CRAWLING CHAOS LABEL: PURE STEEL RECORDS OUT: 24th November 2017 OUR RATING: 81/100
Two years after the release of the „Overture To Madness“, AXEMASTER are ready to publish on Nov. 24th the new chapter „Crawling Chaos“ via PURE STEEL RECORDS. With the vocals of Geoff McGraw (AXEMASTER singer since 2013), as well as the additions of second lead guitarist Damin Bennett and drummer Denny Archer, AXEMASTER return with a good combination of classic us metal, somethin' more modern, somethin'almost prog (metal).
The album starts decisively with 10.000 POUND HAMMER and the title track, two episodes which clarify the trademark of the album.
AXES OF EVIL is more classic but surely it isn't a granted track.
FLOWERS OF THE DEAD starts with a great intro before developing in more direct way with melodic singing.
MYSTIFY THE DREAM HYPNOTIC is a great and speedy instrumental break before ALDAR ROF, maybe the best track in our opinion, a great mix of classic and epic metal.
SHALLOW GRAVE starts with a gust of wind before a great strike, showed down and emotional.
In this metal spirit, the album includes a new version of the band's classic song from 1988 DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR.
BRAVADO goes on in the same way, looking for the right bilance between classic and modern.
The album ends with KNIGHT OF PAIN, a little heavier song.
A great album by a band with long experience, respectful of the past but looking to the future.
1. 10,000 Pound Hammer 2. Crawling Chaos 3. Axes of Evil 4. Flowers for the Dead 5. Mystify the Dream Hypnotic 6. Aldar Rof 7. Shallow Grave 8. Death Before Dishonor 9. Bravado 10. Knight of Pain
Total Playing Time: 43:49 min
Geoff McGraw – vocals, rhythm guitars Joe Sims – lead guitars Jim Curtis – bass Denny Archer – drums Damin Bennett – lead guitars