"Who could have imagined that all these years Witch Cross would return with a sophomore recording that was every bit a comeback album, as well? With 1984's 'Fit for Fight' being such a killer LP, albeit a cult LP, fans of Witch Cross would be justified in feeling leery about this new release. When 'Demon in the Mirror' kicks in, though, all of those fears are thrown out the window! Axe to Grind picks up where 'Fit to Fight' left off and showcases a band that still has plenty of fire in their gut. This is track after track of straight-up heavy metal, all with that very distinct Witch Cross vibe...sounds both retro and modern. All that means is that Witch Cross' new album should find wide appeal... it sure looks as if my best of 2013 list has found another addition!" -Heavy Metal Time Machine webzine
The cult is alive...WITCH CROSS have returned, with the fittingly titled Axe to Grind! Mastered by Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, Blind Guardian) and mixed by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Anvil), WITCH CROSS' Axe to Grind is the revered Danish band's first full-length of all-new material since 1984's heavy metal classic Fit for Fight, reissued to widespread acclaim last year by HELLS HEADBANGERS. Picking up where they left off in the glorious '80s, WITCH CROSS nevertheless inject their trademark power & glory with a newfound urgency and grit that never betrays their roots in the ancient ways of heavy metal mayhem. Neither "old school" nor "new school," WITCH CROSS prove that the masters are back - and school's in session!
Says guitarist Mike Kock, "WITCH CROSS are thrilled to be working with HELLS HEADBANGERS on the new album Axe to Grind. We were blown away with the work that HELLS HEADBANGERS did with the re-release of Fit for Fight and the boxsets etc. We couldn't ask for a better and more supportive label!"
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*"Has plenty of surprises in store" - Deafsparrow.com
*"Top-notch heavy metal attack in the best SAXON way...The songs are extremely heavy, well-produced and contain many earworms - so many that you're sure to catch one at the very first spin. Anthemic musical storms expected!...To understand this release, one just has to remember the comeback of HELL (England), an obscure band in their time that caught the world by assault when they returned. Witch Cross is not different, and it?s in my list of the best albums of the year" - Metalasfuck.net
*"Man, it gets the ol' jean jacket sleeves all erect to see the name Flemming Rasmussen involved; the legend mixed this, which is this Danish band's first full-length since 1984's Fit for Fight. It makes sense, though, because this sounds like it was written and recorded in 1985...Musically, Axe to Grind flirts with classic, tried-and-true trad, and slightly more frantic NWOBHM fare, all of which works...These guys know how to rock old school, and while the trad metal fan has heard this album before, they'll likely enjoy hearing it again" - Exclaim!
*"A very solid offering from Witch Cross. The band is rooted in the era of old-school metal songwriting, so you know what you will be getting, but it?s done well, by a band that knows how to do it and they didn?t even shit their pants! Welcome back, Witch Cross - 30 years is far too long to be absent! Keep ?em coming!" - Skullbanger.net