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Axemaster

Axemaster was formed in 1985 by lead guitarist Joe Sims. The project andmusic has stood the test of time and remains strong after over 30 years.
With the band's original lineup 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 is 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.
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 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 remained in demand although the band had been inactive for several years.
The band's original lineup briefly re-united in 2007 and re-released "Blessing in the Skies" on disc through Burning Star Records {Greece}. The reunion was short-lived however, and the remaining members moved on to do a studio project under a different name.
In 2010, Sims permanently re-launched Axemaster and over the next couple years, started work on a new album with a lineup that included current members:
bassist Jim Curtis, and vocalist Geoff McGraw. Then, in 2014, the band (along with new/current drummer Denny Archer) signed a deal with Pure Steel Records (Germany), and released the full length album "Overture to Madness" in the following year.
After taking a year to play shows in support of "Overture", as well as adding lead guitar extraordinaire Damin Bennett to the lineup (making it the first time the band has had a dual axe attack!), and writing new material, the current version of Axemaster hit the studio in 2016 to record a new album ("Crawling Chaos") which was released by Pure Steel in late 2017.
"Crawling Chaos" includes 10 tracks with major label sound and the signature Axemaster style (a mix of traditional metal, doom metal, and thrash metal), that shows the band's evolution while still paying respect to their metal roots. The album has gotten rave reviews worldwide (both in webzines and on radio), which helps to affirm the general belief that it has all the elements necessary to become the most successful and memorable Axemaster album to date.
Shortly in advance of the new album, Pure Steel re-released a collection of the band's material from the 80's and early 90's as a collectable vinyl 2 record set titled "Blessing in the Skies (and other cuts from the chamber)". The album includes all the material from "Blessing in the Skies" and "5 Demons", as well as several additional songs. All of the material was re-mastered which GREATLY improved the sound of all the tracks.
Axemaster's unique blend of styles has proven to be a combination that appeals to metal fans from 2 different generations. This, coupled with the large amount of worldwide exposure they have received over the years and the band's resolve to keep moving forward, gives cause to expect that Axemaster will continue to achieve greater success in the future!
Album: Crawling Chaos (2017)
"Crawling Chaos" is a full length (10 song) CD released by Pure Steel Records (Germany) in November of 2017 and is distributed/available worldwide through numerous outlets/stores.


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# (PST) Name length Rating Notes
1 9:00 10,000 Pound Hammer 04:25 4 New song
2 9:04 Crawling Chaos 05:46 4 New song
3 9:10 Axes of Evil 04:53 4 New song
4 9:15 Flowers for the Dead 04:54 4 New song
5 9:20 Mystify the Dream Hypnotic 01:53 4 New song
6 9:22 Aldar Rof 04:29 4 New song
7 9:26 Shallow Grave 04:39 4 New song
8 9:31 Death Before Dishonor 04:27 4 New song
9 9:36 Bravado 03:36 4 New song
10 9:39 Knight of Pain 04:48 4 New song

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Bay Station Band 

For their third studio recording Other Desert Cities (April 27, 2018), Bay Stationsought inspiration amid the stark, natural beauty of the Mojave Desert. While their first two releases, Your Own Reaction (2014 under their former name, KCDC) and Go Out and Make Some (2016) reflected the coastal landscape of their home in Alameda, California, the 10 songs on Other Desert Cities were written by Bay Station co-founders Deborah Crooks and Kwame Copeland during several week-long writing retreats in Joshua Tree. Their experiences and impressions of the desert town adjacent to its namesake National Park inform the recording, which details the strange, poetic, and distinctly American stories of desert denizens, both animal and human.
As they did on their previous two releases, Deborah Crooks (vocals, principal lyricist) and Kwame Copeland (guitar, dobro, vocals, harmonica) co-produced Other Desert Cities with Mike Stevens. Stevens (Sun Kil Moon, The Uptones) also played drums, mixed the record, and recorded three of the tracks at his Lost Monkey studio in Hayward, CA. Along with Ben Bernstein (bass) and Steve Waters (guitar, backing vocals), they recorded most of the album at Gatos Trail studio in the Mojave, among the Joshua trees and creosote, with engineer Dan Joeright. Ben Bernstein also recorded and engineered “Fire Song” and “Trickster Moon” at Petting Zoo Studio in Oakland, CA. Upon joining the band in late 2017, bass player Chris Veenstra contributed to several songs on the record, as did guest musicians Michael McNevin (electric and slide guitar), and Joan Reuter (fiddle). The album was mastered by Ken Lee (JJ Grey & Mofro, Bill Frisell) in Oakland.
Many of the album’s tracks depict the imagined lives of desert dwellers; from wild coyotes and survivors of a building fire to road-tripping visitors. “Sleeping Hard Waking Slow” explores aspects of unconditional and timeless love, sung from an unconventional point of view. “Look but Don’t Touch” is a straight-ahead  rock song depicting the life of a stripper working at an adult entertainment store, while “Sands of Time” doubles down on a recurring theme of timelessness over a dance-worthy, samba-inspired beat. Crooks assumes the narrative voice, in turns affectionate ("Sands of Time”) inclusive and communal (“Everybody’s Business”) and mournful (“Trickster Moon”). “Bay Station Wiggle” displays the band’s penchant for cutting loose, skirting the edges of surf music in a guitardriven romp evocative of Chuck Berry.

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# (PST) Artist Name length Rating Notes
11 9:44 Bay Station Band Sands of Time 03:14 4 New song
12 9:47 AirCrash Detectives Time's Up 04:34 4 New song
13 9:52 Blue Return Everything 03:23 4
14 9:56 Damson Blaze All Locked Up Inside 05:27 4 New song
15 10:01 deleo Game Lover (Acoustic Version) 04:06 4 New song
16 10:05 Fitzroy & The Professor Rock Concert Medley #7 03:21 4
17 10:09 GJ Hoffman Heartbreak Prison 04:22 4 New song
18 10:13 JetBelly Before the Amber Hour 05:21 4
19 10:19 JetBelly The Lost Parade 04:17 4
20 10:23 Keith Morris Thousand Mile Stairs 04:23 4
21 10:27 Kyle Johnson By The River 03:03 4 New song
22 10:31 Lance Glass Do I Need A Reason 03:30 4
23 10:34 The PondHawks Future In Our Hands 03:49 4
24 10:38 Riff Reign You 04:00 4
25 10:42 TolbertToz Hallelujah 03:59 4
26 10:46 Wild Horse Broken & Forgotten 03:48 4
27 10:50 Icicle Love 06:36 4
28 10:57 Desmond Grundy If Not For You 03:09 4
29 11:00 Violent Divine Poison Than I Am 03:35 4
30 11:04 Drive On Mak Player 03:19 4
31 11:07 Gamma Ray Sam Hadrian's Lover 06:08 4
32 11:13 80 Rock Felicidade 04:07 4
33 11:18 chris patrick chamblee Memphis Shake 03:01 4
34 11:21 David SweetLow Falling In Love Again 03:40 4 New song
35 11:24 Mark Reitenga Angels Watching Over Me 04:39 4
36 11:29 Morosity Low Tide 04:48 4
37 11:34 Naryan In Silence 04:04 4
38 11:38 Nicole Berke Black Moon 04:02 4
39 11:42 Russell Foisy Survival On the Street 03:07 4
40 11:45 The Tearaways Rodney's Getting Sirius 02:39 4
41 11:48 Warm Circles Shut me out 04:14 4
42 11:53 Welsh Avenue Blue Eyes 03:50 4
43 11:56 WholeSpirit Hold of Another Me 03:56 4
44 12:00 PM a strAnger The strange 04:22 4
45 12:05 PM Alan Fish Dig Deep Dig Deeper 03:26 4
46 12:08 PM BAMIL 188 Or The Train 05:02 4
47 12:14 PM Big Infinite Lady 04:12 4
48 12:18 PM Black Water You 03:31 4
49 12:21 PM Camel Juice Cool Riff 03:43 4
50 12:25 PM Charlotte & Magon Back In Time 03:15 4
51 12:29 PM Christopher Carrion Taste the Desolation 05:06 4
52 12:34 PM COBURG Echoes In The Night 04:56 4
53 12:39 PM Coco Scott A Song for Judith 03:31 4
54 12:42 PM Crawling Solo Sail Away 04:44 4
55 12:47 PM Dovile Lee Dead Man Walking 04:06 4
56 12:51 PM Gary and Linda Sclafani Learning To Dance In The Rain 03:20 4
57 12:55 PM Jiggley Jones That Pearl 03:43 4
58 12:59 PM Juxta & Grand Space Adventure Stronger 03:38 4
59 1:02 PM Katiebeth Special Place in Hell 03:59 4
60 1:06 PM Landing on the Sun Monstrous 04:08 4
61 1:11 PM Mark Reitenga Are You Waiting 03:42 4
62 1:14 PM Max Hixon Simply Spellbound 02:22 4
63 1:17 PM Victor Samalot Off To Arizona 04:54 4
64 1:22 PM Billy James Brady American Hero's 03:29 3
65 1:25 PM Marc Viens It's a long way from London to LA 03:07 3
66 1:29 PM Michelle Murray This Life 03:14 3
67 1:32 PM Garry Moore God Is Bigger 04:07 3
68 1:36 PM The Weeklings In The Moment 03:04 3
69 1:39 PM Dunn wiv Whiskey Maybe That's The Point Of Te Blues 04:24 3 New song
70 1:44 PM Amanda Taylor Heartache 04:00 3
71 1:48 PM Amanda Campbell ft Zetland Streets Slipping Away 03:49 3
72 1:52 PM Garry Moore One Way   03:21 2
73 1:55 PM Ben Miller Nomad 05:02 2