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Burn This Town

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Tracklisting: 1. Ready To Deliver / 2. Her Mama Told Her / 3. Burn This Town / 4. Dirty Rocker / 5. Overdrive / 6. Runnin' Outa' Time / 7. Battleaxe / 8. Starmaker / 9. Thor Thunder Angel / 10. Hands Off

Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Label: Far East Metal Syndicate (FEMS)
  • ASIN: B005I9NR12
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,474,654 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By KDI on February 28, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Battleaxe, Burn This Town! I remember this LP from the '80s with the horrible cover (now replaced in this release with updated cover art). Back in the 80's we put this LP onto a cassette tape and listened to it on all our boom boxes and car tape decks. Battleaxe has a straight away hard rock sound which bridges into the classic heavy metal sound. All the songs have a great rocking groove to them and the rhythms are tremendous. This album makes a a great soundtrack to a cross country highway drive.

My old LP's and Tapes have been gone for a while, but I would always think back to those 80's Rock and Metal years and often think about this band Battleaxe, Burn This Town, that horribly drawn cover, but with the amazing songs on it. Occasionally I would do internet searches to find out what happened to the band and if by any chance I could get Burn This Town on CD or even used Vinyl again. It seemed that there were many people very interested in this band over time and the price of that original vinyl was pretty hefty (I wish I had kept mine).... I discovered this re-issue was coming out a couple of months before the street date and immediately pre-ordered here at Amazon.

The packaging and sound of this re-issue is awesome. These 80's songs sound great and the cover is a thousand times better than the original.

For this review I wanted to list some of the really good songs, but I would end up listing every track. It is honestly that good. If I had to compare Burn This Town with something for a good reference point I think I would have to say if you like Judas Priest's British Steel or Hell Bent For Leather you will like this for sure. The only difference is that Burn This Town never slows down, it is more relentless rocking all the way through.

If you like 80's hard rock and standard heavy metal this album is a MUST for your collection. A solid 5 stars. Rock On!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fred Rayworth on April 27, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Burn This Town is a fine debut for an up-and-coming heavy metal band. Overall impressions are that this record is rawer than their second effort but has some nice little flourishes in it that add to the experience. I particularly like that little bolero part at the end of Battle Axe.
The guitar playing is the main star here along with Dave King’s vocals, which are the most consistent thing about their entire catalogue. Throughout the songs, the guitar is the most predominant instrument while the bass is a little more subdued than on their second album. Ian Thompson’s drums are complex in spots but everywhere else, do not stand out quite as much as McCormick, his replacement, on the second album. Brian Smith’s bass playing is very good but not quite as fancy here.
These comments are not criticism as much as just observations. The overall feel of the record is a great party album with some classic songs. My only criticism is with the album cover that has nothing to do with the music. The original illustration with the guy on the motorcycle looks a little cheesy and I am glad Dave King had it redone for this reissue. He was thoughtful enough to add the original cover art plus a French version in the CD booklet so everyone could judge for themselves. Also I would have liked to see clearer photos of each band member. The live shots are fine but not very clear. This is really a trivial matter and has nothing to do with the great music.
Burn This Town is an excellent introduction to Battleaxe. The songs are relatively short, raw, and with enough experimental flourishes to keep things interesting. Highly recommended.
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By Anonymous on March 10, 2014
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I purchased Battleaxe - Burn this Town / 1983 Roadrunner from a seller named "hairmetalheaven" and received a poor bootleg!!! In addition the bootleg didn't even play correctly! The music itself is supposed to be quality NWOBHM/heavy metal in vein of Saxon and Tokyo Blade. I have yet to seek out the Japan CD with original cover of the axe-wielding biker.
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