Wednesday, September 28, 2011

CastleAxe - Castlemaster

Genre: Heavy/Speed Metal
Country: United States
Year: 2011
Label: Self-Released

Today I bring you one of the best bands from my local area. The outfit known as CastleAxe (after recently changing their name from Speitre) plays a balls-out brand of heavy/speed metal that is sure to get your head flailing and your sword-arm flexing. The twin guitar attack handled by Hölger and Grög forms the foundation of CastleAxe's sound, harkening back to the glory days of speed metal. Dual harmonies and leads abound, there is no mistaking what these guys are all about - real metal, no ifs ands or buts. Drummer Sürt and bassist Prybar provide a nice, solid base, rumbling along in a meat-and-potatoes fashion - no wonky crap going on here. Vocalist Manchester has a unique delivery, and CastleAxe would not quite be CastleAxe without his crazy, out-of-control-in-a-cool-way falsetto at the helm. The Castlemaster EP features four studio tracks and three live tracks, all with a very professional-sounding recording job. This is especially notable on the live songs, which sound absolutely fantastic, having been mixed post-performance. Plus, if you listen closely, you can hear me in the crowd. ;) I do want to make it clear that I am not just plugging these guys because they are friends of mine - I am posting this because I genuinely think it rules. Support!

For fans of Mercyful Fate, Artillery, Whiplash, and Portrait.


*For some reason, Metal Archives rejected the submission for their name change and new EP, so for now you'll have to look CastleAxe up on Metal Archives as "Speitre", their former name.


  1. Thanks! I have been hooked to their songs uploaded on Facebook, and it's just great to have the chance to have them in digital format. Seeing that you guys are playing every now and then with CastleAxe, I can't do anything but wish to be able to travel to the States someday and see both bands live.

  2. Yeah, they rule! They're good buddies of ours. They are tons of fun to see live. And as always, you have a place to stay whenever you make it out Stateside. :)

  3. "Damned (if I do)" is well catchy! Can't get enough of it. Guess I'll have to buy their EP, plus the logo is cool, it will make a decent patche!

    Decent blog too! Thanks

  4. Contact them through their Facebook page (, they have patches and I'm sure they'd be more than happy to sell ya one alongside the EP. :) And thanks, glad you're enjoying the page!

  5. You're welcome and I certainly will, they already had my "like"


  6. Waiting for their pm to order the EP! Hope theirs still some patches available!!