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Kick Axe
December 2004
Released: 2004, Elfin Stoneb
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP

Almost 20 years between CD’s for this lesser known Canadian metal act (with virtually no chance of commercial success today) you just know these guys are reforming for the love of music. And it shows. Original vocalist Gary Langen is back in the band but George Criston the voice of Kick Axe is missed. Sometimes these reunions fall flat as the bands sound nothing like days of old but in this case the fairly unique Kick Axe signature sound is intact. The whole thing is kind of low-budget, no photos, lyrics, the new logo is lame the cover is bad, and a weak album title all help torpedo any chance this thing had of going somewhere, but I doubt the band cares. Overall this long CD of melodic metal is real treat for old fans like me despite being by far the mellowest of the four. It could have used four more fast songs and drop some of the mid-tempo filler. Reminds me of Helix now.
Track Listing

1. Right Now
2. Rockin’ Daze
3. Consolation
4. Turn to Stone
5. Do You Know
6. Who Knows Ya
7. Woe
8. Time
9. Slip Inside My Dream
10. Who Says
11. Rock ‘n’ Roll Dog
12. Black Heart
13. City Lights
The Only Ones Here


Gary Langden-Vocals
Larry Gillstrom-Guitar
Raymond Harvey-Guitar
Victor Langen-Bass
Brian Gillstrom-Drums



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