FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DRAXXIS ‘Book of Life’ 30th Anniversary
DRAXXIS was formed in 1985 by guitarists Dan Kuhta and Greg Gladysiewski, bassist Bill Kuhta, and drummer Chuck Wagner, with vocalist Melvin Shearer in Ford City, Pennsylvania, located on the outskirts of Steel City.
As with most bands, DRAXXIS began to cut their teeth as a cover band performing songs by heavy metal heavyweights such as IRON MAIDEN, SAVATAGE, MOTLEY CRUE METALLICA and METAL CHURCH.
By mid-1986, Shearer would depart from the band. That fall, DRAXXIS recruited a replacement singer named Paul Revay.
In March of 1989, DRAXXIS went into Susquehanna Sound studio in Northumberland to lay down four tracks for the band’s self-produced debut. The 24-track EP was released under the band’s own label Kikin Records. The release would receive a very limited distribution. Still, DRAXXIS managed to build a strong following. Local college radio stations would help the band’s growing buzz by giving them plenty of airplay. The EP was well received among the local heavy metal scene. But although the band’s reputation and fanbase were growing at home, they neglected to submit the release to any record labels.
The following year both Kuhta brothers would leave the band. They would be replaced by guitarist David Roman and bassist Jim Tedeski. With the two new editions, DRAXXIS would write and rehearse for a period evolving into a more mature and complex ensemble while still maintaining a strong infinity with the implementation of newfound synergy.
It would not be long until DRAXXIS began making preparations for the band’s second EP. This time the group had a new objective in mind, to secure a record deal.
Recorded at Audiomation in Pittsburgh and again would be self-produced by the band and released under the Kikin label. The 4-song "Book of Life" EP presented a now more mature band. The band's popularity continued to grow but this did little to gain bigger record label attention. Several copies of the release and promotional packs were unsolicitedly sent out to labels to no avail. As with most heavy metal bands in the early 1990s, DRAXXIS would see the signs of the shifting musical landscape changing as they would begin to find it increasingly difficult to continue. Eventually, the band was simply no more.
After all these years of being buried in time and dust, on the 30th anniversary of "The Book of Life", Heaven and Hell Records will release a limited edition CD including both of the DRAXXIS EPs. The collection will include eight songs all remastered by Jamie King Studios. Including a booklet with complete lyrics, never-before-seen photos, a short band history write up and beautiful new artwork by Steve Cobb.
Tracks as follow;
2. Dream Demon
3. Tides of Destiny
4. Lost in the Fire
5. Full Fist
7. Houseful of Nightmares
8. Book of Life
Scheduled for release in February 2023
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