Exclusive Track Premiere: “Drifter’s Warning” by Axeslasher
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, Torrential Downpour, Ruby the Hatchet, and White Widows Pact, and today we conclude with Colorado’s Axeslasher.
I’ve spent a good part of my week watching Crystal Lake Memories, the seven hour (!!!) documentary about the Friday the 13th franchise — and I was nearly halfway through the thing when I realized that my unconscious inspiration for even attempting to watch the behemoth was my excitement about premiering “Drifter’s Warning,” this new tune from slasher-flick themed thrashers Axeslasher. (I’m guessing that character actor Walt Gorney’s role of “Crazy Ralph” from the first two Fridays was the inspiration for “Drifter’s Warning.”)
Can you blame me for getting so hot n’ bothered over this tune that even my subconscious wanted in on the action? Axeslasher’s 80s splatterflick-obsessed mastermind, Professor Pizza, has concocted another devious tune that’s every bit as sharp and deadly as the machete Jason Voorhees wields, and the drums, from Skinless’ Sherwood Webber, recall the brute force of the hockey-masked murderer’s most brutal kills. In other words: this shit is awesome!!!