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Death Before Dishonor
Traditional faculty mixed with thrash tendencies
This Ohio band originally released 'Death before Dishonor' in 1990 via Unisound. The label has chosen to re-release the record, this time including six bonus cuts. The additional material is culled from the band's 'The Vision' single, the 'Slave to the Blade' demo and the 'Distant Thunder: Sounds of the Cleveland Metal Storm' compilation. Like many Midwestern US bands like Hexx, Omen and Breaker, Axemaster has a traditional faculty mixed with thrash tendencies. I've never sought out the rest of the catalog, but there are numerous demos, singles and one other album in 'Blessing in the Skies'.
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