AXE — Offering

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Album · 1982

Filed under Hard Rock
By AXE

Tracklist

1. Rock 'n' Roll Party in the Streets (3:29)
2. Video Inspiration (2:48)
3. Steal Another Fantasy (4:40)
4. Jennifer (3:56)
5. I Got the Fire (3:19)
6. Burn the City Down (4:45)
7. Now or Never (3:51)
8. Holdin' On (2:54)
9. Silent Soldiers (6:00)

Total Time: 35:46

Line-up/Musicians

Wayne Haner / Bass
Ted Mueller / Drums
Edgar Riley, Jr. / Keyboards, Vocals
Bobby Barth / Lead Guitar, Vocals
Michael Osborne / Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

About this release

ATCO Records, 1982

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So, I came across a 1982 ATCO pressing of this album, and - I have to admit - I was intrigued by the name and the cover artwork both of which just screamed 80s metal at me.

That's not quite what I got. Axe were more of a hard rock act who emphasized melody, but injected elements of heavy rock and heavy metal into their music as well.

This definitely applies to "Offering", which opens with the uplifting party track 'Rock n' Roll Party in the Streets'. This song pretty much sets the tone for the entire album, as most of the tunes are indeed uplifting hard rockers which are definitely for the most part very enjoyable to listen to. The one thing is that there is a very good cover version of Montrose's 'I Got the Fire', and this song is leagues above Axe's own material in kick-assery, thus perhaps highlighting some of the flaws in Axe's own songs and obscuring some of the good things. That's a bit of a shame, because, as mentioned most of the songs on this album are definitely enjoyable.

"Offering" is a solid hard rock effort which, at times, draws on more melodic AOR along the lines of Boston and Toto. The songwriting is very good, and Bobby Barth, the main songwriter, is definitely a skilled songsmith who understands hooks, balance, and melody. The musicianship is impeccable as well and the production is quite good for an early 80s hard rock release.

The cover artwork is simple but brilliant. It draws on the guitar-axe metaphor and simply reeks of metal. I also like how, by having the character hold the guitar-axe up above his head, the artwork also captures the 'offering' notion. Of course, some might argue that the artwork kinda is false advertising, but, hey, there's no denying that it looks really good in alls its simplicity and epicness on a vinyl front cover.

Overall, this is a solid and uplifting hard rock release. If you come a across a reasonably priced copy of it, and you are into hard rock, just grab it.

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