is the name of a heavy metal
band from Canada
that reached its climax in the 1980s. They produced four albums during their career, with the longest gap between albums being 18 years. The albums are: Vices
, Welcome to the Club
, Rock the World
and Kick Axe IV
The band had minor success and was able to tour with some of the biggest names in the mid-1980s before disbanding. The band managed to be signed to the label that made Quiet Riot
headliners, but was never able to match the same level of stardom.
The band's classic line-up was George Criston (real name George Widule from Waukesha, WI
) (vocals), Brian Gillstrom (drums, percussion), Victor Langen (bass guitar), Larry Gillstrom (guitar) and Raymond Harvey (guitar). For their last album, Kick Axe returned without singer George Criston, but instead with its original (before the band's commercial debut) singer Gary Langen.
Kick Axe's greatest hits include "Vices", "Alive and Kickin´", "Heavy Metal Shuffle", "Stay on Top", "On the Road to Rock", "Welcome to the Club", "Make Your Move", "Rock the World" and the ballad "Never Let Go".
History of the band
Early years (1976 - 1980)
Kick Axe was formed in Regina, Saskatchewan
, in 1976 by Larry Gillstrom (guitar), Victor Langen (vocals/bass guitar) and his brother Gary Langen (drums). By 1978, they added a second guitarist in Raymond Harvey and decided to relocate to Vancouver,... Read More