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Axe - 2000 The Crown

ALBUM: The Crown
SERIAL: 0681-24
YEAR: 2000


LINEUP: Bobby Barth - guitars, vocals, keyboards * Bob Harris - vocals, keyboards * Blake Eberhard - bass, vocals * Edgar Riley Jr. - keyboards, vocals * Christian Teele - drums, percussion * Danny Masters - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Crown * 02 Together We Fly (Together We Fall) * 03 Prelude * 04 Fire And Water * 05 Restless Angel * 06 Children's Memory * 07 Good Times * 08 Torturous Game * 09 Sunshine Again (Mario's Song) * 10 Foolish Deception


Back in the year 2000, our old website Heart Of The Rock (G-DAZE) featured an article with Bobby Barth about the then recent get together of perennial favourites Axe. The band, last featured in 1996 with their 'V' album: saw their trademark pomp sound heavied up considerably. This was to be repeated on their return to the studio with 'The Crown'. The band started production in late 1999, and featured new drummer Christian Teele. German singer Michael Bormann co-wrote a few songs with mainstays Barth and Harris, the MTM Music connection with Bormann's band Jaded Heart the obvious link.

The Songs
Starting out with the opening title track, we are greeted with a swirling mix of keyboards which lays the foundation for some powerful melodic rock. 'Together We Fly' touches on various influences, the highlight being a great chorus! 'Prelude' leads into 'Fire And Water', a tune previously sung by Rose Tattoo's Angry Anderson, an association that took Barth to Australia back in 1990 to work with the 'tattooed wonder from down under'. The next track 'Restless Angel' should have been renamed 'listless angel'.. this one not having a great deal of energy at all. Unlike 'Children's Memory', which stirs up the brain cells quite nicely thank you. 'Good Times' has a darker edge and a ton of wah-effects while the last track 'Foolish Deception' borders on AOR. Believe it or not, the band even had the audacity to include a hidden track on here, full of percussion and conga's. Go figure!

In Summary
In 2001, the band went out in support of the album to Europe, to much fanfare and interest, but not long after, Barth put Axe back into the closet and focused on production work instead. Certainly bands such as Guild Of Ages, Red Rock Roosters and Blister 66 have benefited from Barth's influence, and it will be interesting now that we are six years on, whether Axe batters down the closet door for another album. Whatever, the band have left us with a great legacy of music down through the years. Read our related articles listed below.

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#1 | Jez on June 13 2008 02:53:13
Maybe not as good as the earlier stuff, but not that far away from the excellent 'Five' release of a couple of years earlier. Anyway i hope that this is not the last we hear from this band, as they have always produced top class material over the last 20 odd years.
#2 | sabace on August 18 2012 16:58:39
excellent lp - love the title track - this is Barth's fave lp by all accounts!
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