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    Kick Axe - Welcome To The Club (1985) (Re-issue 2001)
    Style : Heavy Metal
    Country : Canada
    Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
    Size : 154 mb[/color]
    Password: horex
    1. Welcome to the Club 04:47
    2. Feels Good, Don't Stop 03:22
    3. Comin' After You 04:56
    4. Make Your Move 03:51
    5. Never Let Go 05:13
    6. Hellraisers 04:17
    7. Can't Take It with You 03:42
    8. Too Loud...Too Old 02:51
    9. Feel the Power 03:47
    10. With a Little Help from My Friends (The Beatles cover) 04:19
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    Kick Axe is a Canadian heavy metal band from Regina, Saskatchewan. The band achieved moderate commercial success in the mid-1980s on the strength of the singles "Heavy Metal Shuffle", "On the Road to Rock", and "Rock The World". Following the release of their 1986 album Rock the World, Kick Axe disbanded and remained on hiatus until 2004 when they re-emerged with the album Kick Axe IV.The band's "classic" mid-1980s lineup consisted of George Criston (vocals), Larry Gillstrom (lead guitar), Raymond Harvey (lead guitar), Brian Gillstrom (drums), and Victor Langen (bass guitar). Vocalist Criston did not return for the band's 2004 reunion, being replaced by Gary Langen, who had actually been a founding member of the band in the late 1970s.
    Early years (1976 - 1980:
    Kick Axe was formed in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1976 by Larry Gillstrom (guitar), Victor Langen (vocals/bass guitar) and his brother Gary Langen (drums). By 1978, they added a second guitarist in Raymond Harvey and decided to relocate to Vancouver, British Columbia in search of greater exposure. Gary Langen was not willing to leave Saskatchewan and was replaced by Larry's brother Brian Gillstrom. The group began recording in 1979 but scrapped the sessions because they felt they needed a more distinguished front man. Vocalist Charles McNary was brought in and the band started to make waves, even making an appearance on a Playboy compilation album.

    Career expansion, decline and fall (1981 - 1988:
    McNary left the band in 1981, and it was almost two years before George Criston replaced him, giving Kick Axe the "distinguished front man" they had long desired. Shortly after his joining, the group signed a major label deal with Spencer Proffer's Pasha records. Vices was released in 1984 to critical acclaim, and the band toured behind such top acts of the day as Judas Priest, Whitesnake, and Pasha label-mates Quiet Riot. The third single from Vices (appearing only on the cassette version), a cover of Humble Pie's "30 Days in the Hole" appeared on the Up the Creek movie soundtrack in 1984. The song also appeared on the first of two Muchmusic compilation albums promoting the network's weekly Power Hour program.

    The band's follow-up album Welcome to the Club was released in 1985 and strayed away from their rock anthems for a more radio-friendly sound, and included a handful of guest stars. It reached the Billboard Top 200, but disappointed longtime fans. Meanwhile, the group appeared on the The Transformers: The Movie soundtrack under the name of Spectre General, the name change due to legal reasons. They recorded two songs under that name: "Hunger" (later covered by King Kobra in their 1985 album Ready To Strike) and "Nothin's Gonna Stand in Our Way" (a cover of a song by John Farnham from the film Savage Streets) which were included on the soundtrack. Guitarist Harvey left the band in 1986, and the band elected to carry on as a four-piece. One final album: Rock the World, a return to their heavy metal roots, was released but by then all momentum had been lost. By 1988, dropped by their record label, Kick Axe broke up.

    Reunion without Criston (2003 - present:
    The band reformed in 2003 with original member Gary Langen singing for Criston who was unavailable to join the reunion due to prior work commitments. The new album entitled IV was released the following year. In 2008 Langen left the band, though they continued to play Canadian tour dates and rock festivals in 2009 and 2010 with new vocalist Daniel Nargang, formerly of the Regina metal band Into Eternity.

    Line Up:
    Daniel Nargang - Vocals
    Larry Gillstrom - Guitars and backing vocals
    Raymond Harvey - Guitars and backing vocals
    Brian Gillstrom - Drums
    Victor Langen - Bass guitar and backing vocals

    Former members:
    Gary Langen - Drums and lead vocals
    George Criston - Lead vocals
    Charles McNary - Lead vocals
    Dave Zurowski - Guitars

    Weekend Ride Single 1981
    On the Road to Rock Single 1984
    30 Days in the Hole Single 1984
    Heavy Metal Shuffle Single 1984
    Vices Full-length 1984
    Captured Live Live album 1984
    With a Little Help from My Friends Single 1985
    Comin' After You Single 1985
    Welcome to the Club Full-length 1985
    The Chain Single 1986
    Rock the World Full-length 1986
    Kick Axe IV Full-length 2004


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