Τρίτη, 11 Αυγούστου 2009

Axe - Offering


While 1982 saw the release of several hard rock hammers from European heavy weights that included Judas Priest (Screaming for Vengeance), the Scorpions (Blackout), Iron Maiden (The Number of the Beast), Rainbow (Straight Between the Eyes), and Motörhead (Iron Fist), second stringers such as Florida's Axe chipped-in with a hot summertime set of just-go-for-it rock 'n' roll songs that fill out the Offering LP. After delivering a pair of albums for MCA since 1979, Axe returned in '82 with Offering, their first recording for Atco Records. The Al Nalli produced Offering kicks in with a dynamic three-minute, blue collar weekend stormer in "Rock 'n' Roll Party in the Street". Penned by main man Bobby Barth, the ass kickin', knock-down-drag-out roller opens with tasty keyboard work from Edgar Riley before guitars set the wild beer drinkin' 'n' Hell raisin' song in high gear, while drummer Teddy Mueller's steady back beat, along with new bassist Wayne Haner, anchors the big bottom end. Axe chase the up-all-night party action of Offering's lead-off track with the hard edged "Video Inspiration". The futurist themed rocker, which sounds like a thundering Blackfoot number, is paced by locked-in, freight train guitar work from Barth and Michael Osbourne. Axe pull back on the melodic "Steal Another Fantasy", as well as the mellow "Jennifer", before burning through a fast 'n' furious cover of Montrose's searing "I've Got the Fire". The inspired remake rages with blazing intensity. It's back to high-octane, warm summer night swinging action on the spirited "Burn the City Down", while "Now of Never" contrasts the amped-up action of the two previous numbers, simply serving as a four-minute filler. Quick hitter "Holdin' On" packs a punch before the nine song, no-frills Offering closes with the LP's longest cut, the stomping "Silent Soldier", which is augmented by a short, but cool guitar solo from Barth.

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