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Power Theory: An Axe to Grind

Power Theory are new name to me so I consulted their bio which informed me that the band, " was envisioned and created in 2007 by Bob "BB" Ballinger with the intention to form a True Metal band with a mix of the NWOBHM, 80's German Power Metal, and a little bay area Thrash thrown in to shake it up." Just for once that's a fair approximation of what can be found within the confines of An Axe to Grind.

I particularly enjoyed the galloping "On the Inside" which has echoes of iron Maiden and Judas Priest and the quite beefy production job gives a fair indication of what the band must sound live. The production is one of the key features of the record. Often when one notices the production that's because the record is rubbish. In this case, listening to it in my headphones I could vividly imagine the band playing together in a room and where they were all positioned within said room.

With fine metallic songs such as "Deceiver", "Pure Steel" and the title track, An Axe to Grind is one of those hidden gems which too often go unnoticed. It would be sad if such a fate were to befall this album.


Track Listing:
1 Edge Of Knives
2 Deceiver
3 Pure Steel
4 An Axe To Grind
5 A Fist In The Face Of God
6 The Seer
7 On The Inside
8 Colossus
9 The Hammer Strikes

Added: June 26th 2012
Reviewer: Simon Bray
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Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1525
Language: english

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