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Full-throttle Canadian band Kick Axe achieved an ultimately brief but rambunctious burst of popularity in the upon the release of their debut album ‘Vices’. That 1984 album was produced by impresario Spencer Proffer, who had also been behind Quiet Riot’s multi-million selling smash ‘Metal Health’. As remarked by critic Steve Huey, Kick Axe’s work “was a milestone in the history of Canadian heavy metal… offering a batch of solidly written and exuberantly performed songs”.

Receiving moderate success both in Canada and the U.S., the band sounded akin to contemporaries such as Aerosmith and Van Halen. Originally named “Hobbit”, the group evolved into “Kick Axe” in 1976. Hailing from Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada, it had a good run riding the boom, even appearing on the ‘Transformers: The Movie’ soundtrack in 1986, before folding in 1988. Sporadic reunions have taken place after the new millennium. Their latest work is ‘IV’, which came out in 2004.

The line-up during their 80s heyday:
George Criston - lead vocals
Larry Gillstrom - lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Raymond Harvey - lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals
Victor Langen - bass guitar, backing vocals
Brian Gillstrom - drums, backing vocals


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  • GodofDeathMetal

    How sad, I was the first person to leave a shout for this very killer band in over 2 years. Really? I figured there would be over 100 shouts for this band. This is seriously the 28th shout? Wow, just wow!

    20 Jul 2:37am Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Very killer traditional metal from Canada. 8)

    20 Jul 2:36am Reply
  • Rubberbandman16

    kick axe...kick ass!

    21 May 2012 Reply
  • Glamaster

    VERY COOL! I have the 1st and 2nd LPs.

    16 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    Awesome, underrated band!!! [3]

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Raikiriz

    Awesome, underrated band!!! [2]

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Scotty5150

    Awesome, underrated band!!!

    18 May 2011 Reply
  • Malletz

    Kick Axe é o poder ahahaha

    20 Aug 2010 Reply
  • ggallin4

    kicks ass!

    20 Jan 2010 Reply
  • imagesk8r6969

    awesome band. =D

    29 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Vazquez80

    Till all are one

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Aldencia

    really good band, Vices \m/

    18 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Prognosis_X

    I know Victor, the bassist. dude reminds me of ozzy osbourne the way he dresses and talks. Wears these round fucking shades too.

    23 Aug 2009 Reply
  • maxthestb

    One of my favorite melodic hard rock band. Cause for alarm, Stay on top and Heavy metal shuffle are my 3 favorites. Vices is really a great album. Try Saints n' Sinners 1st album (band from Quebec - ex Sword singer ... it's excellent.

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • MrMetal777

    listenig to vinyl right now Heavy Metal Shuffle

    28 Jan 2009 Reply
  • johnny8ball

    Vices is a good album. Cause For Alarm, Heavy Metal Shuffle and Just Passin' Through are particularly excellent. Not to mention the two Spectre General tracks...

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Scrivy86

    Holy Ass-Chins, Batman.

    17 Sep 2008 Reply
  • MeRussianBoots

    Saw Kick Axe open for Priest and they killed! Real vocal harmonies unlike today. Already had Vices, so, I had to have a T-shirt.

    22 May 2008 Reply
  • ripper999

    Thank's for re-releasing the CD of Vice's Kick tape from the 80's was getting worn out!!

    4 Jan 2008 Reply
  • LiQyd

    Brian Gillstrom lives down the street from me. In Richmond BC, near the YVR Airport. No shit. He owns a limo company now

    20 Mar 2007 Reply
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