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When it comes to new bands, few can claim to have a more exciting line-up than Axewound, a band featuring members of Bullet For My Valentine, Cancer Bats, Pitchshifter and Rise to Remain. TNS sits down with drummer Jason Bowld to discuss all things Vultures. As the band boasts such an impressive line-up from both sides of the Atlantic, the question of how they came together immediately arises. Bowld reveals that the formation of Axewound was somewhat of a simple affair: "Me and Matt Tuck (Bullet For My Valentine) shared a common interest in metal, and decided to put a really heavy side project together, with Liam (Cancer Bats), Joe and Mikey joining once we decided to put an album together and it was a match made in heaven." And so Axewound were born, a group of people Bowld describes as "Nice and easy to work with, bringing an extra bit of chemistry into an already exciting band." Having members from already well-known bands can be exciting for fans, but it certainly brings a level of expectation to their music. But Bowld believes it hasn’t really affected the bands approach to the album, stating: "I think the expectation can hinder you if you let it, but we've kept our focus on the music." Elaborating, he says: "When we got together we didn’t try and make something out of our reach, we did what came naturally. Matt and I got together and said “right lets just write brutal stuff, keep it changing and not get comfortable." Consequently, the bands debut Vultures was written in 21 days, keeping overthinking to a minimum and leaving little time for tinkering. The end product is an album that that Bowld is proud of.
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