BATTLEAXE - Nightmare Zone EP (1987) UK
The material was recorded in 1987 but not released until 2005
01. Killer Woman
02. Radio Thunder
03. Love's On Fire
04. Out In The Night (Live)
Dave King (vocals)
Steve Hardy (guitar)
Brian Smith (bass)
Ian McCormack (drums)
Sunderland Metal band BATTLEAXE suffered from their undoubted musical merits being somewhat marred by an appalling debut album cover.
The band first came to prominence with the 'Burn This Town' single in 1982 on the local Guardian Records label, and the B Side, 'Battleaxe', also appeared on the Guardian compilation album 'Roxcalibur'.
The group was amongst the first signings to the Music For Nations label, with the London based concern releasing the band's debut album, 'Burn This Town', which featured the aforementioned offending artwork.
BATTLEAXE stuck around with MFN for a follow-up release, 1984's 'Power From The Universe', which appeared a year later, seeing drummer Ian Thompson superseded by Ian McCormack. Thompson went on to DARK HEART.
At their peak BATTLEAXE toured Britain opening for SAXON and although a third album, 'Mean Machine', was recorded in 1987, it never saw the light of day.
Tracks from the shelved album finally surfaced as the "Nightmare Zone" EP a few years ago.