Axe to Grind Track Listing & Notes
1. Axe In - instrumental
A stripped down, raw version of Axe In and Axe Out have been used to begin and
end COS performances since early 2013 following the release of Harlequin.
2. Axe to Grind
The title track, Axe to Grind , was taken from a musical piece the guys used to perform in 1988 -89.
the arrangement was changed to make the song darker in tone. Plus is was an opportunity to use a
bomb siren at the beginning of a song.
3. On the Hunt
On the Hunt is a hard driving classic Metal tune about fighter pilots during World
4. Mark and Remember
Do what you can to make this life the best it can be. Live without regret!
5. A Fist Full of Vengeance
A Fist full of Vengeance is about Samurai and their code of Bushido. This song
was inspired by COS guitarist Mick Michaels’ fascination with Japanese lore
and from the movie 13 Assassins.
6. One Lifetime
Listen closely and you’ll hear the entire song is actually only one riff.
7. Shadow Soldiers
The lyrics to Shadow Soldiers was co-written by Mick Michaels and his son Mad T.
Another song that dives deeper into the soldier’s mental and emotional psyche
8. Heart of Stone
Heart of Stone was a musical left over from Harlequin. Some fine tuning was done to bring it up to
the Axe standard.
9. Meet Your Maker
We all stand at the foot of a greater power. we will all have to answer for something at one point or
10. Victoria - bonus track
Victoria is the ancient roman goddess of victory. Battle songs have become a
main focus of the COS catalogue. this song originally appeared on the band’s
EP release Epilogue.
11. Axe Out - instrumental