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Axemaster logo

Country: US

Comment: Renamed Inner Terror in 2009.

Current/Last AXEMASTER Lineup:
Joe Simsguitar
Jim Curtisbass guitar
Geoff McGrawvocal
Denny Archerdrums
Damin Bennettguitar

Previous Members:
Brian Hendersondrums
Jim Newcombbass guitar
Terry Wilsonvocal
Christopher Michaelvocal, bass guitar
Greg Stockerdrums
Matt Smolkdrums
Rick Barkervocal
Eric Lynchvocal
Dan Kaiskvocal
Tony Webstervocal

AXEMASTER Discography:
(a link on an album can have a floating small review from here)
Band status: this band is unsupported, it's a part of the collections, supported by the band musicians' only, an element of the compilations or songs of this artist were covered by other bands, etc..
Blessing in the Skies'1987
Death Before Dishonor'1990
The Awakening 1985 - 1995'1998
Death Before Dishonor'2000
Overture to Madness'2015
Compilations, splits, etc.:
Defenders of the Faith vol.1'2008
Additional information
From Joe Sims (29.07.2011):
Axemaster was formed in 1985 by lead guitarist Joe Sims and Drummer Brian Henderson. The project and music has stood the test of time and remains strong after over 25 years.
With the band's original lineup (also including vocalist/bassist Christopher Michael) they recorded their first 4 releases: "Slave to the Blade" (demo EP cassette), "Blessing in the Skies" (full length album), "The Vision" (shaped pictured disc single), and "Crusades" (shaped picture disc single), the last 3 being released by Azra International Records. They were also featured on Azra Record's compilation shaped picture record "Metalgon" and in the comedy/horror movie "Killer Nerd".
Several lineup changes followed as the band recorded their next 2 releases: "Death Before Dishonor" (full length cassette, European-only release) and "5 Demons (Imperative is their Demise)" (self-released EP cassette). Joe Sims was the only original member to remain and play on every release. After this the band altered their musical direction and changed the name to The Awakening. That group did 1 CD before breaking up in 1995.
Four years later, Unisound Records {Greece} re-issued selected songs from 4 of the band's releases (as well as 3 songs by The Awakening) on a 15 track CD titled "Axemaster " The Awakening, 1985-1995". In 2002 Unisound re-released "Death Before Dishonor" (as well as some unreleased material) on CD. The success of these discs proved that Axemaster's music was still in demand years after their breakup.
In 2006 the band returned with the original lineup and in 2007 re-released "Blessing in the Skies" on disc through Burning Star Records {Greece}. It includes the album in its entirety as well as 3 bonus tracks and a video for the song "Slave to the Blade". It's packaged as a digi-pack with a 4 page foldout that features a 12 page booklet containing vintage photos from 1985-1988 (some never before seen), liner notes, and song lyrics. As one person from Burning Star said, "it's time that 'Blessing in the Skies' got the recognition it deserves".
The reunion, however, was short-lived as Christopher Michael did not remain with the project and a new band was formed with a different vocalist and bassist. After originally intending to continue as Axemaster, the band decided that the new music they were writing was not consistent enough with what Axemaster had done in the past and changed to become Inner Terror. That project released one CD and ended in 2010.
After taking a short break away from the scene, Joe Sims and Brian Henderson teamed up with vocalist Tony Webster (Archetype, Ex-Mo Rage) to re-start the Axemaster project. A new CD is currently in the works that has the makings of being by far the best Axemaster release to date. The new songs are classic thrash with a slight amount of doom metal, somewhat similar to the style of the band's last 2 releases ofnew material, but with greatly improved songwriting and better musicianship.
With the worldwide exposure " success that they've already achieved, Axemaster is poised to once again take the metal world by storm!!!

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