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Axemaster

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ower/Thrash band Axemaster started in 1985 with guitarist Joe Sims (Real Name: Joe Simones) at the helm, along with fellow members drummer Brian Henderson, and vocalist/bassist Christopher Michael. Although remaining little known in the mainstream, the act managed a reasonably successful career over its original 9 year tenure with such releases as Slave to The Blade (1985; Independent 5-song cassette), Blessing in the Skies (1986; Full length album and cassette released by ‘Azra International Records'), Crusades(1986; Shaped picture disc issued by ‘Azra International Records' as a limited edition release to promote Blessing in the Skies), Metalgon (1986) compilation featuring a track from Blessing From The Skies, The Vision (1987; Shaped picture-disc single released by ‘Azra International Records') and Death Before Dishonor (1992; Full length cassette of rehearsal recordings, European-only release by ‘S.A. Bucher Management' {France} and ‘Skullthrasher Promotions' {Belgium}) before a line-up change saw Terry Wilson on vocals and Jim Newcomb on bass. 5 Demons (Imperative is their Demise) (1991; Independent 5 song cassette) was released when another line-up change saw Eric Lynch on vocals and Matt Smolk on drums.

Joe was the restless sort and persued other projects during this time including The Awakening (essentially a re-organized version of Axemaster), where he released the “best of…” compilation Axemaster & The Awakening 1985 - 1995 (1999) under ‘Unisound Records' before returning to complete Axemaster with the re-release of Death Before Dishonor (2002) also on Greece's ‘Unisound'. The band also got a musical appearance on the comedy/horror movie Killer Nerd (produced by Entertech Productions and stars the former MTV personality Toby Radloff) before they split.

In 2006, after a falling out with his other band, Dream Or Nightmare, Joe would rejoin the now reforming Axemaster. The band had recently tried the efforts of Mike Hissam (drums) before seeing the original line-up come back together to release Blessing In The Skies (2007) on the 'SPV' label, a sort of retrospective digi-pak album compilation of their so-called "classic era" on the late 1980s feturing songs from 1986-1989 with an introduction written by multimedia author Derek McDonald and the acts video for Slave To The Blade, the same version featured on McDonald's Polishing of Metal CD-ROM the year before. The next move for the act would be in 2008 with Dan Kaisk now assuming the vocals.


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Nation USA
City Kent, Ohio
Promotional Address Joe Simones. 614 Cleveland Rd. Apt 2. Ravenna, OH 44266 USA
Genre Thrash Metal
Formations/Versions 2
Web Unknown
Active Years 1985-1989, 2006-
E-Mail Unknown
Old RRCA File Code ERF00091
New Reference Code 60