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Below is our complete Hatchet news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
San Francisco natives and thrash metallers HATCHET will enter the studio March 22 to record their third full-length studio album, dropping Summer 2015 via The End Records/ADA. Since their Summer 2014 show run with Flotsam & Jetsam, the HATCHET camp has been preparing the follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed "Dawn Of The End" album (via The End Records/ADA) with an arsenal of new tracks by lead vocalist/guitarist Julz Ramos.
"Musically the material has been shaping up to be a big step into an even more unique sound. It will be littered with guitar harmonies, diverse tempos and above all will still hold together a thrash attack that will make the Bay Area proud…. Until then thrash on HATCHET legions!!!" —Ramos
After self-releasing two demos, HATCHET’s debut album, "Awaiting Evil," was released in mid-2008 via Metal Blade Records. The album was well-received by thrash enthusiasts around the globe and proved a great beginning for the band. Since the release of the debut, HATCHET has completed three full DIY US tours as well as their 2013 sophomore effort through The End Records, which saw them touring with Soilwork, Jeff Loomis, Threat Signal, Black Tide, Cellador, Exmortus and Flotsam & Jetsam.
After nearly three years, Hatchet has parted ways with drummer Eli Lucas. "Eli has decided to pursue other opportunities outside of music and while we will miss his awesome drumming and blistering live charisma, we wish him the best," commented the band.
Hatchet is currently seeking a new drummer and has posted the following update to that end:
"As of 10/25/14 Hatchet is searching for a new dedicated, professional, and talented drummer who is committed to playing music. This person must have: 2 to 3 years stage experience playing/touring. Pro gear and pro attitude. Willing to tour nationally and beyond in 2015. Local to the SF Bay Area preferred but not required. No Druggies, flakes, or egos welcome. Serious and realistic candidates only. We are looking to fill this position ASAP. All inquiries contact: Hatchet.firstname.lastname@example.org"
Thrash metal act Flotsam and Jetsam is set to return to the road this summer with thrash newcomers Exmortus, along with be San Francisco's Hatchet as the opening act.
"No Place On Tour 2014" will begin on July 9th in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky a Go Go and wraps up at Club Red in Mesa, AZ on July 19th. The full list of dates are available below.
Flotsam and Jetsam drummer Kelly Smith comments: "We are psyched to be hitting the west coast again in support of both Ugly Noise and No Place for Disgrace (2014). Coming right off the summer festivals in Europe we will be fired up and ready to shred. With the addition of Steve Conley(F5) and the return of Michael Spencer it promises to be a killer show."
Flotsam and Jetsam released "No Place For Disgrace - 2014" in March of this year. The re-recorded thrash album is available on CD and digitally.
07/09 Hollywood, CA Whisky a Go Go
07/10 San Francisco, CA Slim's
07/11 Orangevale, CA Boardwalk
07/12 Portland, OR Tonic Lounge
07/13 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
07/15 Spokane, WA Club 412
07/16 Boise, ID The Shredder
07/17 Salt Lake City, UT LoFi Cafe
07/18 Las Vegas, NV LVCS
07/19 Mesa, AZ Club Red More...
Denver, CO metal outfit Cellador is taking its brand of speedy power metal on the road to San Francisco act Hatchet and Chicago trio Diamond Plate on the upcoming "America Under Plague" North American tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
04/11: Tulsa, OK @ Downtown Lounge
04/12: Oklahoma City, OK @ Chameleon Room (Leon’s Lounge)
04/13: Dallas, TX @ The Boiler Room
04/15: Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
04/16: Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
04/18: Big Spring, TX @ Sugars Bar
04/22: Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar
04/23: Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red (Red Owl)
04/24: Fullerton, CA @ The Slidebar
04/25: Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Café
04/26: Walnut Creek, CA @ Red House Live
04/27: Sacramento, CA @ Press Club
04/30: Sparks, NV @ The Alley
05/01: Salt Lake City, UT @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge
05/02: Denver, CO @ Moon Room More...
Chicago metal trio Diamond Plate has confirmed an upcoming U.S. tour with Bay Area thrashers Hatchet.
The "America Under Plague" tour kicks off in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 11th, just days after Diamond Plate wraps up its current five-week U.S. tour with East of the Wall. Also appearing on the America Under Plague tour will be Colorado power metallers Cellador. Diamond Plate comments:
"Back in the early days of us playing shows in Chicago, Hatchet would always be the band from California that we looked forward to bringing out to our scene the most. They even played Konrad's 18th birthday show. Years later, we're pumped to finally hit the road with our friends and bring heavy music to new scenes across the USA. The road for Diamond Plate doesn't end in 2014!" More...
California thrashers Hatchet have posted a music video for the new track "Signals of Infection." The song will appear on the band's forthcoming sophomore full length LP "Dawn of the Dead," due out on March 5, 2013 via The End Records.
The track list for "Dawn of the End" is:
1. After The Dark
2. Silenced By Death
3. Screams Of The Night
4. Fall From Grace
5. Revelations Of Good And Evil
6. Signals Of Infection
7. Dawn Of The End
8. Sinister Thoughts
9. Welcome To The Plague
10. Vanishing Point
Check out "Signals Of Infection" here: More...
Hatchet has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to stream the title track off "Dawn of the End," which can be heard right here. The album's track listing is as follows:
01. After The Dark
02. Silenced By Death
03. Screams Of The Night
04. Fall From Grace
05. Revelations Of Good And Evil
06. Signals Of Infection
07. Dawn Of The End
08. Sinister Thoughts
09. Welcome To The Plague
10. Vanishing Point More...
Since releasing their debut album, “Awaiting Evil,” via Metal Blade in 2008, and completing 3 full DIY U.S. tours, Hatchet went through some lineup changes, which stalled overall progress of the group. Throughout the changes, founding member Julz Ramos always had the passion to keep the band going, even moving to take on vocal duties. Now the band has settled down with a new lineup and readying its sophomore effort, “Dawn of the End,” which will be released on their new label, The End Records, in March of 2013.
Julz commented on the signing to The End Records:
Hatchet is beyond thrilled to announce our signing to The End Records. They have a vast array of genres and styles within the label and it will be very interesting and exciting to see how Hatchet can expand its sonic force within the label. We have been shopping our new full length album to various key labels, however The End's straight forward interest, excitement and approach to the band was a refreshing one for us to see. Further talks have only strengthened this feeling and we are happy to see the label already has some ideas and avenues they are thinking about to help push us in the right direction. Album details and release dates to shortly follow.
California thrash metal act Warbringer has been announced as the headline act at this year's "Thrashgiving" charity event. The benefit concert to feed the needy is set to take place on Saturday, November 20 at Cheyenne Saloon in Las Vegas, Nevada. Support on the bill will come from Hatchet, Hexen, Vektor, Malus Rex and Control the Chaos.
Event organizers commented by saying:
"Two years ago we debuted the concept of Thrashgiving bringing together out-of-state and local artists performing thrash metal music for the benefit of the needy and we're doing it again. Even bigger and better this year in an attempt to make this an event held annually in Las Vegas. All proceeds from the show will go to the Rescue Mission and Boys Town. So attend a good show and know that your charitable ticket price will be donated to these organizations to help the less fortunate have a nice holiday.
American thrash metal outfit Hatchet has announced that they have parted ways with their vocalist, who is known only as Eric, after only a few months with the band. A message from Hatchet reads as follows:
"We are safe and sound now back home in the San Francisco Bay area. After a six week full US tour that spanned the entire country, we returned home to an eager, vigourous crowd on October 16th at 924 Gilman with tour mates Havok, as well as Witchaven and Warbringer. Definitely one of the most energetic shows of the tour and in the bay that we have played, and it was a nice welcome home. We met a lot of cool and interesting people along the way as well as fans that have been waiting patiently to see us in parts of the country we had not been to. We want to extend a big thank you to all who came to see us, bought merch, or take us in for the night and gave us a place to party and sleep. You all know who you are!!
"As most have noticed by now Hatchet returned to the Bay Area a four-piece. The exact details of the events leading to this will remain brief, as we do not believe in airing dirty laundry on a public board. Basically, we had vast musical and personal differences with our new vocalist from the start, and from the first show we played, it just did not click right. These problems only escalated throughout the tour until one night in Buffalo NY, where he decided to hit the stage beyond reasonably drunk, and embarrassed us beyond belief to a packed house, leaving five people in the club to watch Havok after our set. Afterwards he quit and flew home that same night, leaving us across the country without a vocalist. More...
Bay Area based thrash band Hatchet has posted the following message online regarding the hunt for new members:
"Hatchet is now actively seeking a new permanent vocalist and or bass player to re-complete our lineup. We are looking for talented, serious musicians, who can be 100% dedicated to our band.
"Vocalist needs to be confident in their ability to front our band as well as match the style and range of our previous singer. Bassist needs to have pro gear and confidence in playing our material. (Our main influences vocal and music wise are SLAYER, EXODUS and TESTAMENT). More...
California thrashers, Hatchet, have issued the following update regarding their split with vocalist Marcus Kirchen:
"Due to Personal and Musical differences, We regret to inform you that vocalist Marcus Kirchen has parted ways with Hatchet. This is definitely hard news to break, and Marcus will be greatly missed by every single one of us. We wish him nothing but absolute success in his band "Crucial Cause" and any future endeavors musical or otherwise in his future. Hatchet WILL continue on full steam ahead with a new vocalist. We have absolutely no intention of slowing down or stepping away altogether, so rest assured you will see us very soon. We will soon be posting adds for a new vocalist, so if you or anyone you know of is possibly interested then stay tuned cause we will be holding auditions soon."
Bay Area thrashers Heathen have been confirmed as the headline act for the Thrasho De Mayo festival, scheduled to be held at The Knitting Factory Hollywood in Los Angeles on May 24th. Also scheduled to perform are Fueled By Fire, Torture, Merciless Death, Hatchet, Witchaven, Amored Assassin and more.
Bay Area thrashers HATCHET have posted two songs, "Sealed Fate" and "Awaiting Evil," off their upcoming debut album "Awaiting Evil" on MySpace page.
Awaiting Evil is due for release on May 30th of (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) / May 26th of (rest of Europe) via Metal Blade Records.
The tracklisting for "Awaiting Evil" is as follows:
1. Darkening Skies
2. Frailty Of The Flesh
3. Sealed Fate
4. Frozen Hell
5. Attack Imminent
6. Morlocks Tomb
7. Storm The Gates
8. The Dead Will March
9. Awating Evil 05:46
Metal Blade Records has announced the signing of Bay Area thrashers HATCHET.
According to a press release, HATCHET is "an onslaught of five thrash metal fanatics from the San Francisco Bay Area; a starting point for infamous thrash bands like METALLICA, EXODUS, TESTAMENT, and VIO-LENCE, just to name a few. Formed by Julz on guitar and Slave behind the drum kit in January 2005, HATCHET was started as the two were fed up with the stale metal scene in their home town. Their desire to create music filled with substance and driving aggression would be enough to help revive a genre that had slowly began to fade away over the years in their hometown." More...
Selfmadegod Records out of Poland have announced the first ever compilation CD to be released by the label. Licensed from Hirax' own Black Devil Records, "Thrash Metal Warriors" is a groundbreaking thrash metal compilation with rare and unreleased tracks from eight worlwide bands. The disc includes both legendary acts such as Hirax (USA), Kat (Poland), Sabbat (Japan) as well as terrific entrants of the genre: Toxic Holocaust (USA), Slaver (Brazil), Strike Master (Mexico), Execution (USA), and Hatchet (USA). The disc contains approximately a half an hour of sincere, raw and to-the-point thrash.
The release date is scheduled for late September 2007.
The complete "Thrash Metal Warriors" tracklisting is as follows: More...