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Axe - 1983 Nemesis

ALBUM: Nemesis
SERIAL: 7 90099-1
YEAR: 1983
CD REISSUE: 1997, Axepertise (NZ bootleg) * 2003, Wounded Bird, WOU 9099


LINEUP: Bobby Barth - vocals, guitars * Michael Osborne - guitars * Wayne Haner - bass * Ted Mueller - drums * Edgar Riley - keyboards, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heat In The Street * 02 Young Hearts * 03 All Through The Night * 04 I Think You'll Remember Tonight * 05 She's Had The Power * 06 Girls Girls Girls * 07 Eagle Flies Alone * 08 Keep Playing That Rock 'n' Roll * 09 Foolin Your Mama Again * 10 Let The Music Come Back * 11 Masquerade


Axe had formed from the remains of Babyface, which all original members, Barth, Riley, Mueller and Mike Turpin (replaced by Haner in 1981) had belonged to, Osborne hooking up later. The self titled 1979 debut caught the eye of pomp fans everywhere, strengthened by 1980's 'Living On The Edge' and killer AOR classics like 'Fantasy Of Love'. Axe had experienced decent chart placings for 1982's 'Offering', reaching no 81, bolstering the likes of Motley Crue, Judas Priest and Ozzy Osbourne in their attempt to secure nationwide exposure. 'Nemesis' sound continued the likeable combination of vague boogie mixed with wholesome AOR, a sound labelmates Blackfoot had started tinkering with on 'Siogo'.

The Songs
The boogie side of Axe is displayed to mindblowing effect on 'Heat In The Street', 100 MPH stuff with the right amount of keyboards and feisty riffing. There's a shot of AOR with 'Young Hearts', before the Blackfoot clone 'All Through The Night' rears its head. 'I Think You'll Remember Tonight' uses some organ work that harkens back to Deep Purple, but the result is sizzling melodic rock. The AOR high point comes with 'She's Had The Power', insanely thrilling in all regards, with a barrage of time changes and a chorus set to stun. The rougher aspect of Axe returns for 'Girls, Girls, Girls', four years before the Crue ripped off the title, more brazen and wild eyed than those punsters. A heavy, keyboard filled cover of Edgar Winter's 'Keep Playing That Rock 'N' Roll', is more listenable than most covers, almost making it their own. Axe's hot harmonies permeate 'Foolin' Your Mama Again' and a galloping riff bounds through 'Midnight Drives Me Mad', which pomp fans would appreciate. Riley lets his synths do the talking on the nostalgic 'Let The Music Come Back' before the eerie, acoustic 'Masquerade' finishes things on a Pink Floyd-ish note.

In Summary
While 'Nemesis' failed to chart, the future still looked bright for Axe until 1984 and a car crash which claimed the life of Osborne and seriously injured Barth. This prompted Barth to fold Axe so he could recover from his injuries, a premature end to a fine band. In 1996 there was salvation for Axe fans as Barth, Riley and Mueller reformed, recording 'Five' that year. Axe continues to tour, their last album being 2000's 'The Crown', their lineup now containing Danny Masters on guitar and Christian Teele on drums. Axe may never attain the levels that 'Nemesis' bought them again, but it's good to see them still going.

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#1 | Jez on January 27 2007 12:19:24
Album number 4 and a continuation from the excellent 'Offering' album. This one reminds me in places of Blackfoot's excellent 'Siogo' album (probably due to Jakson Spires Involvement in the writing) and a little 'Eliminator' era ZZ Top on a couple of cuts. Great band great album
#2 | dangerzone on November 21 2007 09:54:42
Someone should post the video for 'Heat In The Street' on the site. It has to been to be believed.
#3 | gdazegod on November 21 2007 20:37:36
Consider it done.
#4 | dangerzone on November 24 2007 04:01:59
Bobby Barth coming out in handcuffs in a motorhead cut off t shirt has to be the greatest moment in metal history bar none!
#5 | Jokerdean on January 10 2008 18:38:28
Here is one new to me that I just got...Pretty Good stuff for this
style of music... like alot of early 80's releases it jumps between
several styles...but that is cool IMO...I really like thisThumbs Up
#6 | DEMONAOR on July 17 2008 12:24:58
Another Killer Album from the 80'sgunsguns
#7 | gdazegod on June 12 2011 04:15:31
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#8 | jeffrey343 on March 25 2012 19:42:04
I got "Offering" shortly after it came out, and I played it a lot for over a year. I got this one sometime shortly after it came out too, and it didn't have the same impact. Probably because "Offering" had a killer opener, another killer song early, and a killer at the end, with a bunch of other great and consistent songs in between. I didn't like the opener to this one as much, and I didn't hear anything that compared to "Steal Another Fantasy" or "Silent Soldiers". The songs overall were not as stylistically consistent either, at least to my ears. Fast-forward to now, and this one has grown a lot more on me. Still not as spectacular as "Offering", but definitely one of the better albums from 1983.
#9 | super80boy on February 21 2016 17:21:46
They came really close to equaling the Offering album's heights with a bunch of top notch songs - 'Young Hearts', 'She Had The Power', 'Girls, Girls, Girls', 'Eagle Flies Alone' and 'Let The Music Come Back', which has those cool synth stabs towards the end.
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