From: United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Regrouped
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NWoBHM act Battleaxe, who reunited in 2010, has released a new music video for the title track of the upcoming return album "Heavy Metal Sanctuary." The album is out worldwide in February 2014 (exact date not yet announced) via SPV/Steamhammer Records.
Battleaxe was formed in 1979 in Sunderland, UK and released two albums "Burn This Town" (1983), which will be reissued in January and "Power From the Universe" (1984). The last effort was an EP released in 2005 called "Nightmare Zone."
Dave King - Vocals
Brian Smith - Bass
Paul AT Kinson - Drums
Mick Percy - Guitar
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Steamhammer/SPV will release a NWoBHM cult album this coming January 21st, 2014 in North America.
Battleaxe's "Burn This Town" will come in a digipak including bonus tracks and a new extended booklet with liner notes, track-by-track commentary, and completely new artwork. The track listing is as follows:
1. Ready To Deliver 03:02
2. Her Mama Told Her 03:44
3. Burn This Town 03:31
4. Dirty Rocker 03:28
5. Overdrive 04:23
6. Runnin` Outta Time 03:29
7. Battleaxe 03:40
8. Starmaker 02:55
9. Thor-Thunder Angel 03:44
10. Hands Off 04:36
Bonus Tracks BBC Radio 1 Session 1983
11. Ready To Deliver 03:18
12. Shout It Out 04:19
13. Mean Machine 04:29
14. Running Out Of Time 03:48
The current line-up consists of the original members Dave King (vocals) and Brian Smith (bass) as well as Mick Percy (guitar) and Paul Atkinson (drums). The new album "Heavy Metal Sanctuary," that was mastered by Fred Purser (ex-Tygers Of Pan Tang), will be released in February 2014. More...
SPV/Steamhammer has signed a worldwide deal with NWoBHM cult act Battleax. The deal is not only for a new studio album called "Heavy Metal Sanctuary," which is due in early 2014, it also includes the deluxe re-releases of "Burn This Town" (out in October 2013) and "Power From The Universe" (out late summer 2014) with new covers, extended booklets, and lots of bonus material.
The current line-up consists of the original members Dave King (vocals) and Brian Smith (bass) as well as Mick Percy (guitar) and Paul Atkinson (drums). Dave King and Brian Smith say about the signing:
"We think speaking for the whole band that we are all elated to be joining the SPV family. A label with great worldwide distribution and also featuring some of our favourite bands. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to re-release our old classic albums again as well as introduce our fans to our new more powerful sound. After a long and hard struggle we have finally managed to complete our new album Heavy Metal Sanctuary which we know will delight our fans worldwide.
"We do not think it will disappoint in either the songs or the production, and we feel that although it sounds modern and 21st century, it is still classic Battleaxe! We thank all our loyal fans all over the world who encouraged us to reform (indeed some even demanded it), even though some of you were not even born when the original albums were first released. Now because of this new deal, we will be able to see many of you in 2014 on the European festival scene and possibly around the world. Finally of course many many thanks to Olly Hahn and all the staff at SPV for making this dream come true! "
SPV/Steamhammer A&R Olly Hahn ads: "Sometimes you have to do something....and I did. As a child of the NWoBHM due to the lack of informations you had to buy by the cover. In some cases the cover were good but the music average, in other cases the cover were not really good but the music was killer. This happened to me when I bought "Burn This Town". The whole album, as well as the second one "Power From The Universe", are classics for me and I know for many metal fans too. And I heard the new songs which are really strong and will surprise a lot of people. Yes, the band is ready to deliver...so are we!"
British NWOBHM band BATTLEAXE has re-formed. The band got back together in response to numerous enquiries and requests for the band to perform throughout 2010. Having performed a handful of gigs, namely, Hard Rock Hell (Wales) and Headbangers Open Air (Hamburg), the band has agreed that the time is now right for a relaunch.
BATTLEAXE is currently in the process of writing/recording new material for the new album "The Legions Unite." The band expects to finish recording the album in January 2011 for a February release.
Battleaxe was formed in 1981 and by 1983 the band was signed to Roadrunner/Music for Nations and released "Burn this Town," which became a cult album. In 1983, Battleaxe also recorded a session for the UK's top radio station RADIO 1. Radio One's top rock producer, Tony Wilson produced a session that was to be promoted heavily by the Rock Show's late Tommy Vance. Battleaxe's second album, "Power from the Universe," was recorded in December 1983. Despite some lineup changes, the band continued playing live shows into the mid 1990's.