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Exclusive Track Premiere: Ruby the Hatchet’s “Paralyzed”

  • Axl Rosenberg

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We all know that Converse makes awesome sneakers (no exaggeration, our own Axl Rosenberg hasn’t worn any other brand since roughly 2004), but did you know that they also have a recording studio in Brooklyn… which they allow bands to use 100% FREE of charge? It’s true! Converse Rubber Tracks is a state of the art recording studio, complete with its own qualified sound engineers and too much equipment to even list here, that can be used by musicians of any genre to record their own music for FREE, the rights to which they completely retain. It sounds too good to be true… and yet, it’s a really real thing!

MetalSucks has teamed up with Converse Rubber Tracks to give five bands the opportunity to record in the studio for a day absolutely free of charge, inviting bands to apply through an open submission process this past May and June. Axl and Vince sifted through all the band entries — yes, every single one of them! — and chose their favorites. Subsequently, those five bands recorded new songs at Converse Rubber Tracks in August for a day each. Now, at last, MetalSucks is proud to debut the results! We’ll premiere one band’s song every day this week. Earlier this week, we debuted new tracks from No Salvation and Torrential Downpour; we now continue with “Paralyzed,” from Philadelphia’s Ruby the Hatchet.

Ruby the Hatchet were inarguably the least-heavy band to join us during our time at Converse Rubber Tracks; anyone looking for a good mosh and a violent lack of melody should keep looking. Ruby the Hatchet are herbal, not alcoholic; they graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Led Zeppelin School of Proto Metal, where they majored in Sabbath and minored in Deep Purple. Their brand of psychedelia should drive fans of bands like Baroness, Ghost, and Royal Thunder absolutely wild.

“Paralyzed,” the song the band recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks, perfectly exemplifies everything that makes Ruby the Hatchet great: a foot-tappin’ beat, fuzzed-out guitars, bluesy, Joplinian vocals, and a hook so sharp that trying to tear it out of your head could cause brain damage. Rarely does modern rock have this much roll — or, more importantly perhaps, this much soul. We expect big things in Ruby the Hatchet’s future.

Check out “Paralyzed” below, and don’t forget to keep up with Ruby the Hatchet via Facebook and Twitter!

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