Heaven The Axe : Sex Chugs & Rock 'n' Roll
This band is an intoxicating mix. Take a hot blonde lead singer, surround her with big ugly blokes who just happen to be some of the best heavy music instrumentalists in the country, throw in a bunch of supercharged hard rock to metal tunes and you have the beast that is Heaven the Axe.
The band features former members of legendary Aussie acts The Amenta, Damaged, The Berzerker and more, so these boys can seriously play. And soaring out the front of it all is the vocals of Phoebe Pinnock, whose voice resembles an even sassier Alanis Morisette after her vocal chords have been injected with rocket fuel.
Collectively they've come up with a bunch of short, sharp, in your face heavy rock tunes that would get any venue pumping. The songs are catchy as all hell and tough as nails all at once, and delivered with an exuberance that is truly infectious.
The production job by the great Ren Parisi of Melbourne Records does absolute justice to the material, hitting that often hard to find balance between the raw power that this style of music needs and the level of polish required for it to stand up on a world scale. Sex Chugs and Rock 'n' Roll is a very audacious beginning.
Best Track: So Nirvana
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In A Word: Spunky