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ArmyOfOneTV has released a video interview with Ohio-based metallers Axemaster. On this video available below, Joe Sims discusses the addition of Geoff McGraw as the band’s new vocalist, the new album’s process and production, and confirmed shows for 2014

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Ohio’s Axemaster has posted the following announcement online about parting ways with the band’s vocalist:

“Axemaster would like to announce a change in the band’s lineup; Geoff McGraw has replaced Tony Webster as their lead vocalist. Due to personal issues Tony was unable to do any work with the project for a significant length of time and had informed the band that he was unsure as to whether he would ever be able to continue.

“After allowing some time to see if the problems could be resolved, it became clear that a change was needed in order to be able to move forward with the band in general and the new album in particular. We all wish Tony the very best for the future and hope that he finds success in whatever path he chooses.

“Enter new vocalist Geoff McGraw! Geoff has been performing and singing since he was practically old enough to walk and at a young age developed a huge appetite for all things heavy metal. He has been a member of various local original bands across the state of Ohio for many years and is very much looking forward to working with Axemaster. The band is extremely happy to have found a singer of Geoff’s quality and plan to immediately begin working with him on writing and recording the vocals for the new album.

“Also a longtime and avid guitar player, Geoff intends to attempt to double his duties within Axemaster and take on the 2nd guitar position as well. Once he finishes recording all the vocal tracks for the new album the band will seriously look into this possibility. With all the right pieces in place and having overcome many obstacles, Axemaster now looks toward a bright future of finishing the release and putting the show on the road live!”

Guitarist Joe Sims said: “From the very beginning I have been impressed with everything about Geoff. He’s a talented singer who’s voice fits PERFECTLY with what we do musically. Plus he’s an excellent songwriter, has a great attitude, and is really easy to work with. It’s the kind of unique combination you always hope to find in a singer, or any band member for that matter.”

Geoff comments: “I am honored and excited to be offered the opportunity to join Axemaster, and can’t wait to help bring the new music to the world.”

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Axemaster has posted a demo song online titled “Bed of Nails,” which can be heard in the player below. The band commented:

“Since Axemaster has made it a point to take their time recording and producing the new album and it will still be a while before it’s completed, they decided that in the meantime it’s important for people to have the opportunity to hear what the current version of Axemaster sounds like together.

“As it turns out, a couple years ago Joe, Brian, and Jim re-recorded the music of an old Axemaster song that was originally released in 1989 (‘Bed of Nails’ from ‘Death Before Dishonor’) for possible use in another project. That recording never ended up being used but the tracks were saved in the archives. So Joe completely re-mixed the bass and drums and re-recorded the guitar, Tony added the vocals and mastered it, and now the song is being offered to the public as a free download at Reverbnation or Facebook.

“Along with being a thank you to all the fans who have supported the band for many years, giving the song away will give as many people as possible the chance to listen to a sample of the new Axermaster. So everyone is welcome and encouraged to share the MP3 in any way (forwarding it to other people, posting it on any websites, etc.). It would be very helpful and much appreciated!

“‘Bed of Nails’ will NOT be included on the new Axemaster release, it’s being used just for promo (the album will include only new material). Also, the recording quality of the album will be better than the promo MP3 (although ‘Bed of Nails’ is good demo quality). Note – Joe Sims recorded all the guitar for this track with a broken left thumb. Anything for metal!””

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Axemaster has checked in with the following progress report on the band’s upcoming new album:

“Axemaster is making good steady progress on the final writing and the recording/production of their new CD. Guitarist Joe Sims is producing the album and has done early mixes of the guitar and drums for 5 songs which so far sound 100% better than any of the band’s previous releases.

“The response from the few people who have listened to them has been outstanding. A contact of the band who writes for several European metal publications (including a major magazine) listened to a couple of the advance mixes and said this about one of the songs: ‘The riffing is so supreme! The main riff in the song is almost killing me. Fuck yes! And killer lead-fills too. The song has a mean drive to it and makes the listener headbang automatically. What a great song! I love it!!! I am so curious how it will sound with lyrics (although I could also live with a pure instrumental).’”

Guitarist Joe Sims also said about the recording, “This is the first release I have produced on my own and the result so far is much better than even I expected. I have been taking my time and paying attention to every small detail and it’s DEFINITELY paying off. This material is by far the best stuff I have ever done and the CD has to have the sound quality to match. So far so good, the sound’s there and the performances have been top notch!”

Vocalist Tony Webster added, “It’s been a crazy last few months. I spent a lot of time getting ready for 2012 with The Metal Command Radio Show which has taken a lot of time away from writing. However…so far the recordings are going well. Every week Joe comes up with better and better sounding mixes and recordings of the guitars and drums. I have now written parts for 5 songs and recorded my parts for 3 songs. I can tell you that this album is taking Axemaster and even my songwriting down a much darker lyrical path than ever before. So far the vocal parts are sounding killer. I am in full force writing mode for this new album.

“There is still a lot of work to be done in writing, recording, and production, so it will be a while before all the material is completed. But the progress thus far is proving that the high expectations that everyone associated with the band has had for the upcoming CD are slowly becoming reality!”

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Axemaster has announced that bassist Jim Curtis will be featured on the band’s next release. Jim was a member of the Inner Terror project in 2009-2010 and recently expressed interest in performing on the new CD. As Joe Sims put it:

“When I found out that Jim was interested in being on the CD it was a no-brainer. He’s an excellent player and is familiar with me and Brian’s writing and playing style, a perfect combination! He’s gonna add an extra dimension to the rhythm section and make the disc just that much better!”

Jim also stated: “I am honored and excited to be working with Joe, Brian and Tony in this newest version of Axemaster. I have known Brian for many years and met Joe 3 years ago when they asked me to be on the Inner Terror CD. The songwriting is strong and the riffs are brutal…nobody writes em like Joe…along with great drumming and now with Tony’s talents I am looking forward to a killer release from the legends that are Axemaster!”

For more information on Axemaster, head over to the band’s Facebook profile here.

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Ohio based act Axemaster has officially reformed and begun songwriting for the band’s next release. Original Axemaster members Joe Sims and Brian Henderson have returned to the band and they have also recruited new vocalist Tony Webster (Archetype, ex-Mo Rage) for the upcoming release.

Founding member and guitar player Joe Sims had this to say:

“I couldn’t be happier with how things have turned out and being back as Axemaster. I’ve been in a few bands over the last 20 years but Axemaster has always been the one I’ve been known for and is by far my favorite. I’m actually really glad that Inner Terror didn’t go under the name Axemaster because the music we did on that CD just wasn’t ‘axemaster-like’ enough, not like the stuff we’re doing now. This is without a doubt the best writing I’ve ever done and with all the talent that Tony and Brian bring to the table I think this CD is gonna be something special!!!!”

Drummer Brian Henderson also stated:

“I feel this is the most intense music Joe has put together and will be the biggest challenge ever for me to record my parts. Also I am looking forward to working with Tony to put a totally different and much needed voice in the mix. This CD will rock!!”

New vocalist Tony Webster added:

“This is a great band with a very long history in the metal scene. I had never really heard of Axemaster until Joe contacted me through the internet and asked if I would be interested in singing with them. After he sent me some of the demos for the new album I checked out the music and really liked it. So I decided to take on another band aside from Archetype and have started writing songs with them. It sounds like old school thrash metal mixed with some doom elements. We have demoed around 15 songs so far and they are turning out awesome! This is going to be the best album the band has ever done musically and working with these guys has been great so far!”

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