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Christopher Michael

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Christopher Michael

Brian Henderson

History & Biography
Axemaster was formed in 1985. This US metal band is based out of Ohio and had its debut album issued through California’s Azra Records in 1987. The label also issued two limited edition shaped LPs called Crusades and The Vision. The band was also heard on the film, Killer Nerd. A demo tape called 5 Demons (Imperative Is Their Demise) appeared in 1991. The band went silent for a decade, but Greece’s Unisound issued two band compilations and demo CDs in 1999 and 2000. In the meanwhile, the act had changed its name to The Awakening and issued music with a different line-up. Singer Eric Lynch came and went.

Joe Sims dedicated his time to Dream Or Nightmare, band management and founded his own label Sinternational. Nonetheless, the band reformed in early 2006 with Sims and Michael, as well as former Omen and Belladonna drummer Mike Hissam. The latter man quickly denied his involvement however. Instead, original drummer Brian Henderson was soon redrafted.

The reformed band signed with the Greek label Burning Star Records in 2006 in order to re-release the Blessing In The Skies album on CD. The group signed on to be managed by Sol Music (Anvil, etc.) out of Canada in late 2006. Vocalist Dan Kaisk replaced Christopher Michael in December of 2007. The move was made just in time to allow him to be featured on the upcoming Axemaster CD. The band reported in the summer of 2008 that it had been unable to recover a crashed hard drive featuring music from its upcoming album. The band was rerecording most of its delayed album, The Inner Terror. In a surprise twist, Axemaster changed its name to Inner Terror. According to the band, “Although the name Axemaster has a rich history that dates back to the middle '80s, the band decided that their new lineup, more modern sound, and greatly improved writing and performance created the need for a change and a fresh start.” A CD, called Inner Terror, was still due in 2010.

After a hiatus, Axemaster reformed in 2011 and was writing again. Original members Joe Sims (guitar) and Brian Henderson (drums) were joined by new singer Tony Webster (Archetype and ex-Mo Rage). Inevitably in early 2013, the band parted ways with vocalist Tony Webster “for personal reasons” and replaced him with Geoff McGraw.