30th Anniversary Edition second re-release of the second full-length album by the cult British Heavy Metal/NWOHM band.
Sunderland’s legends of NWOBHM have reissued their powerful second album for its 30th anniversary! With only two albums and one ep released (so far) over the course of their 33 year career, Battleaxe has always stayed true the traditional NWOBHM sound, and "Power From the Universe" is no exception. Featuring some nice bonus material, here’s one you might have missed, or perhaps not even been around for back in the day.
Opening up with “Chopper Attack”, this is a track worthy of being called “classic” from the get-go, with some great riffs throughout and some proper Metal vocals full of grit and power. “Metal Rock” follows this up with a great grooving sound and some great solid rhythm section work. Overall this is a great album, with some awesome tracks like “Fortune Lady” which is a great example of classic 80s Metal songwriting, with some great bass playing holding the track together really nicely, something that is sorely lacking nowadays. This one has some really great dynamics too! “Over The Top” is also a killer track, with a real rockin’ rhythm section and some tasty riffs supporting some cool vocals and a great chorus. Title track “Power From The Universe” is a great hard-hitting track, with some nice energy displayed from the band as a tight unit. The album ends with “Make It In America” and this is another great rocking song to finish things off here, with some great-layered vocals, and a really good main riff.
The bonus tracks on SPV’s reissue are actually add an additional benefit to the overall release. Four tunes recorded in the mid-1980s (“Killer Woman”, “Radio Thunder”, “My Love’s On Fire”, and “Love Sick Man”) are the add-ons here, made relevant because they represent the band in a bygone time. “Killer Woman” is a huge up-tempo monster in the vein of Accept - meaty, gritty, punchy, mighty. “Love Sick Man” is pretty damn cool! In fact, these auxiliary songs echo the eminence and the dependability of “Power From The Universe” at large in a way most reissues don’t even come close to grasping.
“Power From The Universe” is a great album, brought back to life thanks to this re-issue! It's highly recommend for fans of NWOBHM, and for fans of Metal done the right way, straight and true with lots of heavy groove!!
Steamhammer, a division of SPV GmbH, 1984/2005/2014 (SPV 266352 CD). Made in Germany. 30th Anniversary Edition with four bonus tracks, liner notes, a history special, rare pics and new artwork!
1. Chopper Attack 4:15
2. Movin' Metal Rock 4:05
3. License To Rock 4:16
4. Fortune Lady 6:47
5. Shout It Out 4:06
6. Over The Top 5:00
7. Power From The Universe 3:51
8. Make It In America 5:03
9. Killer Woman 3:01
10. Radio Thunder 3:38
11. My Love's On Fire 3:26
12. Love Sick Man 3:55
Total playing time: 51:23 min.