Professionally filmed video footage of AXEWOUND‘s June 24 performance at the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium can be seen below.
AXEWOUND is the project featuring Matt Tuck (BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) on guitar and vocals, Liam Cormier (CANCER BATS) on lead vocals, Mike Kingswood (GLAMOUR OF THE KILL) on guitar, Joe Copcutt (RISE TO REMAIN) on bass, and Jason Bowld (PITCHSHIFTER, KILLING JOKE) on drums.
The band’s debut album, “Vultures”, will be released in the U.S. on October 2 via The End.
AXEWOUND is an outlet for the musicians to make music that is more extreme than they can and do in their regular bands. Their inspirations for doing so hark back to a golden generation of metal acts — to such heavyweight names as PANTERA and SLIPKNOT.
“Those were the bands that I adored growing up,” says Matt Tuck. “They each had that ‘don’t-give-a-fuck’ attitude. AXEWOUND is about us taking the same opportunity to do exactly what we want. Musically, lyrically, it is what it is — no boundaries or limits.”
The roots of AXEWOUND go back to 2010, when Jason Bowld filled in for BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE drummer Michael “Moose” Thomas on a brace of shows. He and Tuck kept in touch and last year began discussing working together on a project separate from the hugely successful Welsh metallers. They eventually got together in December 2011 to write the songs that make up AXEWOUND‘s debut album, “Vultures”.
Cormier was the obvious choice to front and pen lyrics for these songs. He and Tuck had been friends for years, CANCER BATS having supported BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE on numerous tours.
The “Vultures” album was recorded in Cardiff at the start of this year, regular BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE collaborator Martin “Ginge” Ford engineering the sessions. From the outset, the aim was to work quickly and instinctively. In the event, they recorded 11 songs in 11 frenetic days.
“Vultures” track listing:
02. Post Apocalyptic Party
03. Victim Of The System
05. Burn Alive
09. Blood Money And Lies
10. Church Of Nothing
AXEWOUND made its live debut on May 31 at Tivoli in Utrecht, Holland as the support act for KILLSWITCH ENGAGE.
Matt Tuck (BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE) – Guitar, Vocals
Liam Cormier (CANCER BATS) – Vocals
Mike Kingswood (GLAMOUR OF THE KILL) – Guitar
Joe Copcutt (RISE TO REMAIN) – Bass
Jason Bowld (ex-PITCHSHIFTER) – Drums