September 08 – Review by Stefan – ATTAXE – 20 YEARS THE HARD WAY (Pure Steel Records / Soulfood)

US Metal will always have a special place in my heart, this time I’m excited to spread the news of Cleveland, Ohio based  Attaxe, formed in 1985. Not to be confused with Attaxe (Speed/Thrash Metal) from Orange, California who called it quits after a ten year existence (1985-’95). For the avoidance of doubt, I’m talking about the Cleveland guys featuring one of my all-time favorite singers, Juan Ricardo (Ritual, Blind Cross, Wretch, Sunless Sky, ex-Chemikill/Ritual Torment/Dark Arena to name but a few. This good man deserves a medal of honor and fidelity to the US Metal genre !

Considered as one of the newcomers in the 80s Metal scene, these guys released loads of demo stuff, one single, an EP, finally in 1986 they worked out a first full length album “Attaxe”, an 11 track loading US Heavy Metal machine who has never seen the light of day. Metal Blade appeared to be interested but it never made it to the signing of a contract. In 2003, there was an unofficial bootleg compilation available entitled “Attaxe”. Then three years later a more tangible article finally came on the market, the independent collector “20 Years The Hard Way”.

Fifteen songs and a running time of 55:42 minutes, I never got the opportunity to own this album. At the end of July 2020 Pure Steel Records came up with the bright idea of re-releasing the album again, the outspoken opportunity for me to still get hold of this highly coveted product. As a fan of 80s US Metal you have to get your hands on this release, I’m very grateful to the label and my happiness can’t be broken when I listen to all the songs with a lot of admiration. READ MORE…