Steamhammer / SPV Records are set to re-release legendary NWOBHM band Battleaxes second album, Power From The Universe, originally issued in 1984, as a 30th Anniversary high class digipak CD, on December 1st.
Power From The Universe, which has been digitally re-mastered, will include four rare bonus tracks, recorded at Neat Studios in the mid-Eighties Killer Woman, Radio Thunder, Loves On Fire and Love Sick Man – and comes with new liner song notes, plus extra never-been-seen-before photos, taken from those heady early days.
Battleaxe emerged from Sunderland in the late 70s, roughly melding Motorhead, AC/DC and Judas Priest, and singing songs about playing live, driving cars, shagging birds and mediaeval warfare. After starting out with the name Warrior, they morphed into Battleaxe sometime in early 1980. The band consisted of Dave King (vocals), Brian Smith (bass), Steve Hardy (guitar), and Ian Thompson (drums). After playing around the area and honing down their live chops, they entered the studio to put down their acclaimed debut studio album, Burn This Town in 1983.
Power From The Universe, a more refined and mature album, recorded with new drummer Ian McCormack, was even better received than Burn This Town, and support slots with the likes of Saxon, Anvil, Madam X, and Twisted Sister ensued.
But Battleaxe imploded in the late 80s, before reforming with the current line-up of original members Dave King (vocals) and Brian Smith (bass), as well as Mick Percy (guitar) plus Paul Atkinson (drums) to sign to SPV to release their much welcomed and lauded third studio album, Heavy Metal Sanctuary in February 2014.
Battleaxes debut album Burn This Town was re-released in December 2013 on SPV. Metal Hammer scribe Greg Moffit stated in his March 2014 issue review that Burn This Town is packed with denim-over-leather, meatnpotatoes metal of the highest caliber. Even the roughshod production cant disguise the fist-pumping glory and supreme headbangability of Ready To Deliver, Dirty Rocker and Thor Thunder Angel. The ultimate vindication though, stems from the fact that today there are hundreds of young bands desperately trying to sound just like this. 8/10. Now the 30th Anniversary Edition of Power From The Universe will, in all likelihood, be even more ecstatically received.
*STEAMHAMMER / SPV / NEW CD RE-RELEASE
Release Date Europe: December 01st, 2014
Release Date: Germany: November 28th, 2014
Release Date US/Canada: January 20th 2015
BATTLEAXE“Power From The Universe”
1.Chopper Attack 04:19
2. Metal Rock 04:13
3. Licence To Rock 04:23
4. Fortune Lady 06:49
5. Shout It Out 04:09
6. Over The Top 05:09
7. Power From The Universe 03:56
8. Make It In America 05:07
9. Killer Woman 03:01
10. Radio Thunder 03:38
11. My Love`s On Fire 03:26
12. Love Sick Man 03:55
Line-Up on Power From The Universe:
Dave King vocals
Brian Smith bass
Steve Hardy . guitars
Ian McCormack – drums