San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HATCHET have inked a deal with The End Records. The band’s sophomore album, “Dawn Of The End”, will be released in March 2013. According to a press release, the CD “showcases a much more aggressive and professionally oriented band” than was the case on 2008’s “Awaiting Evil”.
Commented HATCHET in a statement: “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 straightforward 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.”
Growing up in the San Francisco area suburbs as young metal heads can make it quite likely to take influence from the pioneers of metal that spanned the area in the 1980s. So it’s no surprise that HATCHET describes its sound as “pure, uncompromising, Bay Area thrash metal.”
Since the release of “Awaiting Evil”, HATCHET has completed three full DIY U.S. tours that have helped put them on the map for up and coming thrash metal bands. Unfortunately in this time, the band also saw its share of personnel shuffles, which stalled the group’s overall progress. Throughout the changes, founding member Julz Ramos always had the passion to keep the band going, even moving to take on vocal duties. Now in 2012, the band has never been stronger with its most dedicated, mature, and musically inclined members since its birth.