[published]: 2011, August 31
[article]: 'Vices' album review
[by]: Steve Huey

Kick Axe's debut album Vices was a milestone in the history of Canadian heavy metal, capturing a more contemporary feel than their peers Helix while offering a batch of solidly written and exuberantly performed songs. True to its title, Vices is straight-up party metal, full of big choruses, overdubbed harmonies, and down-and-dirty guitar riffs. There's nothing revolutionary about Kick Axe's style, which is equal parts Aerosmith, Kiss, and Van Halen. They simply do what they do very well, which makes Vices an overlooked album of high-quality mainstream metal.