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A thrash metal outfit from the Bay Area, and it's not 1985? Not a wholesale surprise, really. And given the reexamination of the style as the first decade of the 21st century came to a close, it's really no surprise that bands such as Hatchet had a fair amount of impact on the reborn scene. Formed in the midst of the area's legendary punk and ska geography, Hatchet first made a name for themselves with some well-received shows in 2006 and 2007. An appearance on the Thrash Metal Warriors compilation led to a pair of big events, the first being an opening slot for the Possessed, and secondly -- and, arguably most importantly -- a record deal with Metal Blade, inked for real in 2008. Their debut full-length followed shortly thereafter. Released in May of 2008, Awaiting Evil drew some positive responses from the genre's critics.
A hatchet (from the Old French hachete, a diminutive form of hache, 'axe' of Germanic origin) is a single-handed striking tool with a sharp blade used to cut and split wood. Hatchets may also be used for hewing when making flattened surfaces on logs; when the hatchet head is optimized for this purpose it is called a broadaxe.
A hatchet is simply a small axe. Under this definition, modern hand axes and tomahawks (tamahaac) are both forms of hatchets.
Hatchets have a variety of uses, such as tasks normally done by a pocket knife when one is not present. The hatchet can also be used to create a fire through sparks and friction. Hatchet throwing is increasing in popularity.
Burying the hatchet has become a phrase meaning to make peace, due to the Native American tradition of hiding or putting away a tomahawk when a peace agreement was made.