Axeslasher, Legion of Death
2009 Larimer Street
Denver, CO, 80205
This event is all ages
Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band formed in 1980 in San Francisco, CA.
Formed by guitarist Kirk Hammett & drummer Tom Hunting (who initially handled vocals as well). The group was rounded out by guitarist Tim Agnello and bassist Carlton Melson. The line up shifted several times in the early years.
1982 - 1985
In 1982, Exodus included Kirk Hammett and Gary Holt on guitars, Paul Baloff on lead vocals, Geoff Andrews on bass and drummer Tom Hunting. This lineup recorded the band's 1982 demo.
In 1983, founding member Kirk Hammett left Exodus to join Metallica and was replaced by guitarist Rick Hunolt and Rob McKillop replaced Andrews on bass. This line-up recorded and released their debut album, "Bonded by Blood" in 1984 (released in 1985).
1986 - 1991
Shortly before the recording of "Pleasures of the Flesh" in 1987, Paul Baloff was replaced by Steve "Zetro" Souza, who had previously been the lead vocalist for the San Francisco band Legacy (later known as Testament). Baloff later went on to form the band Piranha (9).
In 1989, the band released "Fabulous Disaster" which garnered good press and, eventually, a major label deal. That same year, Tom Hunting departed, leaving the group with no founding members. In 1991 the band released their first live effort, "Good Friendly Violent Fun", which featured new bassist Mike Butler.
1991 - 1998
After the release of "Good Friendly Violent Fun", the band toured sporadically for a year and released another studio album, "Force of Habit". This album was a departure for the band, containing several slower, "heavier" songs with less emphasis on the speed/thrash basis of their older material. Unable to match the commercial success of some of their peers and dealing with internal stresses and problems, Exodus split in 1993.
After a few dormant years, Exodus released only another live album in 1997 titled "Another Lesson in Violence" and featuring the return of vocalist Paul Baloff and new bassist Jack Gibson. Exodus disintegrated again, partly due to a falling out with record label Century Media over the way the live album was promoted, and over an aborted attempt at a live concert video which was filmed but never released due to a financial dispute.
2001 - 2004
In 2001, Exodus reformed again, initially to play the Chuck Billy benefit, the "Thrash of the Titans" mega concert. There was talk of recording a new studio album and the band continued to play local gigs in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. In February 2002, Paul Baloff suffered a seizure/stroke from which he eventually died. Former vocalist Steve Souza was recruited back into the band to finish the rest of their concert commitments.
Although it appeared to outsiders that with Baloff's death Exodus would cease to exist, guitarist Gary Holt was determined to release a new studio record. The result was 2004's "Tempo of the Damned" released on Nuclear Blast.
2005 - Present
In 2005, Hunolt decided to leave the band to concentrate on his family life. He was replaced by Heathen guitarist Lee Altus. Tom Hunting also left, citing strong personal objections over some of Holt's anti-Christian lyrics as well as anxiety issues. Hunting was replaced with Paul Bostaph who had previously played with Forbidden, Slayer and Testament. Souza also left under disputed terms in 2005.
He was replaced intitially by Steev Esquivel (ex-Defiance and Skinlab) and then later by Rob Dukes whose first recorded performance for the band is 2005's "Shovel Headed Kill Machine".
Tom Hunting returned to the band in March 2007. In 2012, Rick Hunolt returned in a guest role, filling in for Gary Holt on several live dates while Holt toured with Slayer. In 2014, Steve Souza returned to the group.
Steve "Zetro" Souza (1986-92, 2002-04, 2014-)
Gary Holt - Guitar (1982-)
Lee Altus - Guitar (2005-)
Jack Gibson - Bass (1997-)
Tom Hunting - Drums (1980-1989, 1997-2005, 2007-)
Keith Stewart (1980-1981)
Paul Baloff (1981-86, 93, 97-2002)
Matt Harvey (2004 live appearances)
Steev Esquivel (2004 live appearances)
Rob Dukes - Vocals (2005-2014)
Tim Agnello (1980-1981)
Kirk Hammett (1980-1983)
Rick Hunolt (1983-1993, 1997-2005, live appearances in 2012)
Mike Maung (1983)
Evan McKaskey (1983)
Carlton Melson (1980)
Jeff Andrews (1980-1983)
Rob McKillop (1983-1991)
Mike Butler (1992-1993)
Perry Strickland (1989, live appearances)
John Tempesta (1990-1992)
Chris Kontos (1993, live appearances)
Gannon Hall (1993, live appearances)
Paul Bostaph (2005-2007)
Nick Barker (European tour 2009)
Interestingly, Les Claypool of Blind Illusion and Primus, who was a schoolmate and friend of Kirk Hammett's, was asked to join the band as a bass player in 1980, but declined, citing a taste for free-form jazz at the time.
Gore-obsessed Thrash for fans of 1980s slashers, VHS tapes, and sexy camp counselors.
Axeslasher were born out of an unsettling love for 80s slasher flicks, gore, the deep and dark nature of human morality, and the desire to play with a great set of boobs.
Despite being 100% DIY, Axeslasher appears on the motion picture soundtracks DEATHGASM (2015) and POOL PARTY MASSACRE (2017), ships merchandise around the world, and is an integral part of an evil global conspiracy.
Eat pizza. Worship Satan.
Legion of Death
Legion Of Death is a Death Thrash band from Denver, Colorado formed in 1985. The band started as just a house party band. After some early member changes Mike Mcfarlin came to Legion in 1987. LOD would go on to perform throughout Colorado and the neighboring states and gaining high popularity. Legion of Death flame would burn out in 1990. Members would go on to create bands like ANATHEMA and ASYSTOLE. 27 years later the fire was re-lite and the band has now reformed with original members Mike Mcfarlin on Guitar and Andy Pffeifer on Bass. Staying true to the death thrash genre and beating out LOD classics like “death sentence” and crowd favorite “sewer rat” are a staple in the bands set list. But with a new twist as Leonard Leal (member of cephalic carnage) has taken over the vocal duties, Christian Petersen (member of zombie hate brigade) takes over on bass and Joe Howard (member of scalafrea) bashes the drums. A new and heavier formulated version of Legion of death has invaded Colorado.