No, don’t shy away from the title “80’s Metal” as the decade isn’t completely defined by hair bands and power ballads. Axe were much too, how do you say it, plain looking to be confused with Def Leppard, Whitesnake, or even Quiet Riot (a band who they actually toured with and consistently smoked off the stage as the opener).Axe were your typical hard rock bar band type that had just enough licks to find them tapping on the shoulders of 80’s A.O.R. radio stations. In order to get there, however, they put on a lot of polish to keep the airwaves sweet, which means that “Rock And Roll Party In The Streets” could have easily used some Everclear in the punch. Axe seemed to have enough chops to translate “Offering” to the stage, but failed to accomplish what lesser bands have done: translate a sh*t hot live set down on wax. This is as close as they got and they were better than some that went farther. Recommended if you’re reading this. Not so much if you’ve clicked onwards.