In his review of this album, HM editor Doug Van Pelt writes, "...those of you who remember Final Axe (who go all the way back to the late 80's) will be glad to know that this is easily their best album. If Saint were to win 'Comeback of the Year' for 2004's In the Battle, then this album would win it this year."
In fact, some might say that with The Axe of the Apostles, Final Axe has captured heavyweight status by showcassing their catchiest, most accessible set of tunes available yet. Even while retaining the precision guitar assault and the quasi-Rob Halford vocals, the band proves they are masters at being melodic, without losing any of their intensity and edge. In true metal form, The Axe of the Apostles rarely gives you a chance to come up for air, displaying a real penchent for stadium ready anthems.
Drums are handled by Christian metal icon, Robert Sweet (STRYPER), whose busy, virtuosic rhythmic base pushes Bill Menchen (guitar) and Simon Tyler (vocals) to their most energectic and impassioned performance of their considerable careers. With The Axe of the Apostles, Final Axe provide us an album that truly towers above pretenders as the genuine article of heavy metal greatness.
Menchen and Tyler have also release two albums with Titanic (Maiden Voyage & Screaming In Silence).
KEY SELLING POINTS
Â·Features pre-Titanic vocalist Keith Miles / guitarist Bill Menchen
Â·For fans of Saint, Barren Cross, Judas Priest, Neon Cross, (early) Bride
Â·Will be featured on May/June 2006 HM Magazine compilation CD that will be mailed to 5000 subscribers
Â·Track 8 featured on the Retroactive Records promotional compilation, LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE
Â·Features drums handled by Robert Sweet, of the mainstream popular Christian metal band, Stryper
Â·HM Magazine & Heavenâ€™s Metal Magazine Ad campaigns
Â·Radio and Magazine Review promo campaign
Fists to the sky, headbanging, leather-clad heavy metal! "The Axe of the Apostles" is pure heavy metal, not unlike bands like Armored Saint, Saint, and early Savatage. Crunchy guitars, headbanging riffs, guitar solos, sing-along choruses, and the whole nine yards. It brings me back to the days when we were all discovering bands on compilations like Metal Massacre, U.S. Metal and California Metal. ( Full review on http://www.nolifetilmetal.com )
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2. Burn in Hell
3. Ball and Chain
4. Hangin By a Thread
5. Dealing With Death
6. Vengeance Is Mine
8. Metal Missionaries
9. We're Not Heroes
10. Worlds Away