November 5, 2013

Axeslasher - Anthology of Terror, Vol. 1

By Dave Schalek.
By Dave Schalek.

Cover art by Ken Sarafin

Do you like pizza? Do you worship Satan? Do you like your old school thrash metal scathing and gore obsessed? Well, if you answered “Yes!” to all of the above, boy, have I got a band for you! Southern California’s Axeslasher slash their way through Anthology of Terror, Vol. 1 with well produced, vicious thrash metal that straddles the line with Carcass-inspired death metal very nicely.

Short songs are anchored by plenty of riffs from band mastermind Justin Lascelle, and a bludgeoning percussion perfectly accompanies the assault, an assault definitely marked by a certain tongue in cheek humor with plenty of references to pizza, classic horror movies, and other old school tropes. Toss in a great album cover reminiscent of the glory years of Ed Repka, and you can’t ask for much more from a self released debut. Patrick Bruss of Crypticus fame twiddles the knobs, giving the album a dense weight.

A short album, Anthology of Terror, Vol. 1 is an excellent start for Axeslasher and hints at things to come.