There's a lot I miss about Colorado. The breathtaking scenery of the Rockies, stagedives at Speedwolf shows, rivers of craft beer, the beautiful women on CU campus, Sweet Action Ice Cream, sweaty nights at the Blast-O-Mat, Cherry Cricket, dispensary ads in local weeklies (I don't smoke, but naming a strand "Bruce Banner No. 3" rules), hangs with the Velnias crew, and most of all, seasons. As much as I love Texas, Colorado holds a special place in my blackened heart.
Axeslasher is another reason to exalt the 38th state. Led by vocalist/guitarist Justin "Professor Pizza" Lascelle (who penned our MDF writeup and is an all-around legit bro) and augmented by Speedwolf's Jake Kauffman on bass and Crypticus' Brynjar Helgetun on drums, Axeslasher are changing the thrash game. Forget about what the genre was - this IS the 21st century toxic waltz. And we've got the premiere of "Mark of the Pizzagram/Invasion of the Babe Snatchers," a track so rad calling it "ripping" might get literal. Seriously, that intro riff will cause parole violations nationwide. Lascelle's ready to take the heat because he's packing riffs that will make him a person of interest in the ATF's eyes. Kauffman's bass tone will make any snowboarder brah yell "gnar, dude!" while scrambling to repack his collapsing intestines. Helgetun unleashes thunderous double bass from his throne in Norway -- Axeslasher is, indeed, a transatlantic affair.
Does it rule? Does pizza rule? Yes and yes.
"Snatchers" is from the forthcoming Anthology of Terror: Vol. 1, slated for release later in the fall. Stream the track below, and take a gander at Terror's cover art, done by Ken Sarafin of Denver death metallers Vale of Pnath.