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Axminster - 2008 About Face

ARTIST: Axminster
ALBUM: About Face
LABEL: Fiorentino Productions
YEAR: 2008


LINEUP: Steve Sera - vocals, guitars * Benny Fiorentino - guitars * Danny Callan - bass * Dave Quintiliani - keyboards * Mike Lamm - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Faith Hope Love War * 02 Upside Down * 03 Ursa Minor's Major Misdemeanor * 04 You Own Me * 05 Stained * 06 Highway To Run * 07 First To Cast A Stone * 08 Scarecrow * 09 Machine



The city of Boston has produced some legends in the world of rock n roll over the years. The J Geils Band, Aerosmith, New England, The Cars, Billy Squier, Extreme, not forgetting the grand-daddy of them all - GDAZE faves Boston. On the second tier of bands, there have been outfits such as Farrenheit, Riser, Fortune, Sunshine Jive, plus the band featured here.. Axminster. Forming as far back as 1984, the band played all over the Northeastern Seaboard, but never released an LP during their formative years together (1984, 1993), though they did release a couple of indie singles. The band were put on ice during that awful period of grunge, but Gary Boress of GB Music saw fit to release a back collection of Axminster's songs a few years later which gave the band a degree of justice, and at least put their music into the public arena. Axminster played a reunion show and were encouraged by the response, so much so that the band reformed, but under a different banner - KTD. 2003 saw the release of their 'Territory'album, but since then, the band returned to the familiar Axminster name, and in 2008 gave us a new album, the aptly named 'About Face', where the band have returned to the sound that they were once better known for.

The Songs
The album is guitar driven hard rock for the most part, and Axminster rip into it from the start with the blistering 'Faith Hope Love War', an anti-war sentiment of the hard rock variety. 'Upside Down' is a straight-ahead rocker with an abundance of lead guitar fills throughout. The cleverly named 'Ursa Minor's Major Misdemeanor' is a neat instrumental track with a touch of Joe Satriani about it, which moves into the modern rocker 'You Own Me', where Steve Sera sounds uncannily like the late Kevin Dubrow. 'Stained' is a reminder of their 80's glory days, while 'Highway To Run' is a great sounding acoustic ballad which gives a nod to all the cowboy rockers from yesteryear. 'First To Cast A Stone' is another modern sounding rocker with a slower tempo and a degree of intensity in its style. 'Scarecrow' probably has the most unusual arrangement, with 70's influences and a true retro feel, sort of like Beggars And Thieves. 'Machine' returns us to a full-on metal tilt, with its aggressive chugging guitar riffs. Finishing up with 'Six', I actually liked this one a lot, with its superior sounding production, and moody delivery built upon a half paced tempo.

In Summary
Good to see a local Boston legend still in operation. Axminster would like to let the world know (well, the local Boston population at least), that they are still a going concern, and you can catch them playing at a local venue near you. In the meantime, do the band a favour and check them out on their Mypace page and CD Baby page.

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