[published]: 1984, October 26
[in]: Albuquerque Journal, p. C9
[article]: Heavy Metal Bands Hit Bottom With Recycled Music, Macho
[by]: Robert Hilburn

Kick Axe's "Vices" (Pasha Records) - 64.

Scoring - sassy, irreverent name (8 points), but only mildly provocative album title (5). The album cover - a surreal vision of a man's head in the form of a vise - is dangerously close to being too "arty" for this genre, but clever enough to generate attention (18) The song titles - "Heavy Metal Shuffle," "Maneater," "Alive and Kickin'" - are on the same side (9), but the two guitarists crank it out and there's more sense of melody than with most heavy metal groups (19). Intangible: These guys are from the town that also produced such faves as Van Halen, Quiet Riot, Motley Crue and Ratt. Heavy-metal loves L.A. (5).