Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Hatchets for Hands

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to up and coming bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Hatchets for Hands vocalist/drummer Cullen Poythress.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

POYTHRESS: Hatches For Hands is a two man heavy metal outfit headquartered in San Francisco, California. In the studio, we become a five piece band with Brian handling guitars and bass and myself on drums and vocals. We’ve been playing together musically as friends since we were kids and together with Hatchets For Hands for about six now.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

POYTHRESS: Our influences are pretty broad ranging as we both come from a very diverse musical background with experience playing and producing in all styles of music in and outside of metal. Influences for Hatchets I’d say we both really appreciate all the classic metal records but also take a lot of influence and inspiration from the sounds coming out of Europe in the late nineties and early 2000s. You’ll hear a lot of big melodic harmonies and hooks in many of our tracks and that’s definitely inspired by those type of bands coming out of Scandinavia during that time, but you’ll also hear elements of classic American Thrash and Death which we both grew up on here in the US.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

POYTHRESS: Convulsions Of A Dying Empire is our new record and first full length offering to date. It’s the result of a lot of hard work, patience and restraint. The record features a lot of really incredibly talented people on the production side who helped us engineer it, master it and achieve the sound and visuals we were looking for. It’s a big record and for anyone who respects this type of music we feel its a worthy offering to metal fans across genres.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

POYTHRESS: We currently aren’t performing live, but when we do people can expect one hell of a great show.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

POYTHRESS: The focus now as it has always been is to continue to create music. We are already headlong into our next record and this new one hasn’t even formally released yet. Constantly being in motion and constantly creating is our plan for the future.

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