Battleaxe: Heavy Metal Sanctuary

There's nothing new in (balls-out) rock'n'roll.

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Back in the days of the NWOBHM, this review would have begun with a 'WAAARGH...' or suchlike.

Battleaxe have their origins in that simpler time, and this third album, long in the making (against almost impossible odds,” the band claim, somewhat hyperbolically) reflects that.

Heavy Metal Sanctuary is a traditional heavy metal record that wears its influences openly: the introductory brace of the title track and Shock And Awe could be out-takes from Manowar’s Battle Hymns; Give It More is Judas Priest circa Another Thing Comin’; the opening to Kingdom Come is, alas, not a Lenny Wolf tribute but instead drawn from the Iron Maiden school. Battleaxe don’t quite have the Iparkof their illustrious inspirations, but they can do balls-out metal rather well, the leather lungs of Dave King and Mick Percy’ s inventive guitar Psutting one well in the mood for me pillaging before dark.

Jon Hotten

Jon Hotten is an English author and journalist. He is best known for the books Muscle: A Writer's Trip Through a Sport with No Boundaries and The Years of the Locust. In June 2015 he published a novel, My Life And The Beautiful Music (Cape), based on his time in LA in the late 80s reporting on the heavy metal scene. He was a contributor to Kerrang! magazine from 1987–92 and currently contributes to Classic Rock. Hotten is the author of the popular cricket blog, The Old Batsman, and since February 2013 is a frequent contributor to The Cordon cricket blog at Cricinfo. His most recent book, Bat, Ball & Field, was published in 2022.