MainEEaxe – Shout It Out (1984)
Another band that came out just as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) movement was losing momentum, MainEEaxe has been one of those bands that has captivated my attention for a long time. The music is basically in the same direction early Saxon or Tygers Of Pan Tang only just a couple of years too late to breakout. I remember SHOUT IT OUT from my early days scrolling through vinyl racks at the record stores and I actually knew someone who had this on vinyl but I never heard it. My obsession with this album is probably due to the cover…..just look at it, it’s the epitome of Metal cheese. Definitely a rip-off of Sammy Hagar’s THREE LOCK BOX (1983) and I always like to compare the covers. Of course I always had a KISS konnection to go with also, I always thought the mouth reminded me of Paul or Gene’s facepaint. This record is fairly easy to find online between $7 and $20 depending on the condition of the vinyl. It was released on CD in 1990 on the Steamhammer label in Germany and as a Japanese import. The German issue is extremely rare and goes easily over $75 if it ever pops up on Ebay, the Japanese import goes for over $100 and is extremely rare.
MainEEaxe – Going For Gold (1985)
When I started searching for SHOUT IT OUT, I decided I might as well get their second full-length on CD as well. GOING FOR GOLD is another rare item on CD and it “goes for gold” with the German Steamhammer CD selling for over $75 and the Japanese import for over $100. I had a lead on both of the Japanese imports on CD from a respected private collector who lived in Canada and did a lot of business in Japan. This collector knew where to get a copy of each but the price for the set with shipping was going to be around $200…..this is going back about six years ago. It’s so much easier, and cheaper, to grab both albums on vinyl…..