Axemaster was formed in 1985 by lead guitarist Joe Sims. The project and music 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 ... read more
7 months ago
Joe Sims here (lead guitar, songwriter, and Producer for AXEMASTER); I spent the first couple months of when most things were shut down due to the pandemic, by putting together the few riffs I had written over the last couple years and writing all the rest of the music for a new Axemaster album (12 songs and an album intro); then recording demos of each tune to a metronome for a drummer to record his tracks to. I'm extremely proud of the guitar/bass parts I wrote. I personally feel that, taking all the songs into account as a whole, they feature the most creative and interesting guitar parts I've ever written. To me, the stuff is very high on the kick ass scale!!! It has amazing potential, but obviously, to reach that potential, all the other parts (vocals, drums, etc.) and the performances have to be just as killer as the guitar parts. That's the goal and challenge that awaits us.
Ex-Axemaster drummer (and current drummer for the Disturbed tribute band STUPIFY), Denny Archer, has agreed to play session drums for the album and record his tracks using his personal studio (a professional setup designed specifically for recording drums). I worked with him on the 2 songs he's starting with and was blown away by what he came up with. He really got the "vibe" and "feel" of the songs perfectly. Denny and I have known each other almost our entire lives, I've played with him in 2 different bands, and heard him play with several other projects, and I've never heard him play quite like this: very heavy and intense in ways that are outside his normal wheelhouse. He's obviously putting a whole lot of time and effort into writing the best drum lines for us that he possibly can, so I want to give my brother a public and totally sincere THANK YOU for what he's doing and ask anyone out there from the (expired link). Ohio area and the surrounding states to check out Stupify if you see that they are playing near you, a kick ass band with kick ass musicians!!!!! (expired link)
Other than the drums, I will be recording, producing, mixing, and mastering the album entirely at my studio: Chamber Studios. And (like I need any more reasons to be excited about this project!), my studio has just gotten a huge facelift: a new studio computer (thanks to our singer Geoff McGraw) as well as upgraded multi-track and mastering software, all of which are HUGE upgrades over what I was previously using and will allow me to do things production-wise that I've never been able to do before.
Lately a lot of people have been asking me when the new album is going to be out. Please remember, we are at just the very beginning of an EXTREMELY long, involved, and detailed process. There is a whole lot of time and work that must go into ALL the material before we get to the point to where we can send masters to Pure Steel Records to be printed. And I'm a perfectionist, I will not settle for a product that just sounds "okay". I'll put in whatever amount of time is necessary to make sure the sounds are RIGHT. Then once we send the masters to PS, it's totally out of our hands. Usually a good time frame is us having CDs in our hands somewhere around 4-6 months after sending out the masters. So we ask everyone to PLEASE BE PATIENT. We are definitely flattered that so many people are so anxious to hear new Axemaster ASAP, but we will not sacrifice quality to get the new CD out quicker. Your patience WILL be worth it, I PROMISE THIS TO ALL THE FANS!
AXEMASTER unfortunately announces that, due to separate life situations, lead guitarist Damin Bennett and bassist Jim Curtis are no longer with the band. Both parted ways with the remaining band members as good friends and will always remain as important members of the extended Axemaster family. Jim and Damin's contributions to the band have been extremely valuable and will always be remembered; both will definitely be missed, but Axemaster will continue to move forward!
In moving forward, the band is glad to report that they have recently added a new lead player named Shannon Rivera. Originally hailing from Tuscon Arizona, he relocated to the Cleveland Ohio area in 2001 and has since been the lead guitarist for the bands Drenalin, Blackjack Symphony, and Sociopath; and has shared the stage with the likes of Metal Church, Kings-X, Y&T, Doro Pesche, Michael Schenker, and Jake E. Lees Red Dragon Cartel. Obviously Shannon is a very experienced and talented player, and the band is very happy to have been able to add him to both the Axemaster lineup and family!!!!!!
In other news, Axemaster is currently scheduled to play a portion of the upcoming 2019 (expired link). tour by Leather Leone's solo band (the legendary voice of the legendary band Chastain, "the voice of the cult"!!!!!). Axemaster is scheduled to play throughout the month of March with the possibility of playing additional selected dates throughout the year. You can check for dates/locations as they become available at the band's website: (expired link), and/or at Axemaster's management's website: (expired link). Specific tour inquiries can be made to Mary Feller at mfeller@(expired link).
AXEMASTER has just received a "Music Award of Excellence" from THE AKADEMIA for the song "10,000 Pound Hammer" from their current album "Crawling Chaos". The Akademia award recognition program is a formal A&R review process in which every music submission is heard, discussed, debated, and rated by their executive team which is comprised of artists, producers, and record executives. Some of the specific comments concerning their evaluation are:
--"The song craft furnished here is superb and substantive"
--"The commercial potential of this work is excellent, making is highly accessible to mainstream audiences"
--"The vocal quality is excellent and enhances the overall listening experience"
Their official quote concerning the song overall is: "This patiently rendered metal monster imposes a new standard on the downtempo domain of the genre; '10,000 Pound Hammer' exemplifies the conscientiously articulated requirements of the style".
The band is extremely proud for having been so recognized by an organization such as this; you can see the page declaring Axemaster's award at (expired link)
For anyone who would be interested in sampling clips of all the songs from AXEMASTER's albums "Crawling Chaos", "Overture to Madness", and "Blessing in the Skies" (as well as a couple other Axemaster songs that are currently on I-Tunes), they are all on Music Aficionado at the link below. It's a great opportunity to be able to sample all the tracks in advance if anyone is thinking of buying any of the albums and/or are just interested in hearing more Axemaster material (possibly prior to seeing the band live) - (expired link)!/search?queryString=Axemaster§ion=recommendations&category=all
--The clips of songs from "Blessing" and the other older songs on that page are NOT the mastered versions from Pure Steel Records' recent vinyl re-release
3 years ago
AXEMASTER is very proud to announce that the band has signed with Smoke N Phire Productions for complete management services. Smoke N Phire is a young company that has quickly risen in both scope and stature to where they have become a force in the music business. Axemaster joins a great roster of artists the company works with that includes bands such as Stonebreed and Cold Revive. For more information see: (expired link) & (expired link)
Mary Feller, head of Smoke N Phire Productions, stated: "We treat all our artists as family and give them the freedom to concentrate on thier music and know that everything else is being taken care of. We are very honored to announce that Axemaster has been brought into that family for our management services. Look for more info on tours coming soon!"
Anyone interested can contact the company via email at (expired link) and by phone at 520-220-6660
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