DFW's The Hack and Slashers: "What's More Rock than Rock and Roll? Rock and Roleplay."
Metal has always had a natural fit with fantastical landscapes that look like they were crafted by the hand of Frank Frazetta.
Courtesy of Jason "Slacker" Lacker The cover of the Fort Worth comedy metal band The Hack and Slashers' latest album Play the Game
The Fort Worth metal group The Hack and Slashers, however, don't live in a world that looks perfectly suited for a custom painted van in the '80s or the cover of an early Ronnie James Dio album. They live just on the cusp of it, in one where warriors wield giant foam broadswords and the roll of a 12-sided die determines your fate.
"Basically, we wanted to start a non-serious band and I thought, 'What's the most ridiculous thing I could come up with? Hey, why not create a band that sings about Dungeons and Dragons?'" the band's guitarist, singer and lead screamer Jason "Slacker" Lacker says. "So it was a chance to marry two hobbies. It was more born out of absurdity, to figure out what's the most punk think you can do. What's more rock than rock and roll? Rock and roleplay."
The group, consisting of keyboardist Alex of Atchley, bassist Steven of Gifford and drummer Instant Lee will perform tonight at the Texas Theatre as part of the film house's screening of the long-awaited horror comedy Knights of Badassdom starring Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, Treme's Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten as three weekend warriors who accidentally unleash a succubus at an LARP (that's "live action role playing" for you noobs out there) tournament.
The movie is a perfect pairing for The Hack and Slashers, who take a GWAR style of showmanship to their shows. They dress up as medieval metal heads, cast a giant die to determine the tempo or "outros" of certain songs and bring people up from the audience to fight each other with giant foam weapons. All the while, they belt out tunes like a punk infused ditty about tabletop gaming called Pay to Play, an epic metal ballad about a classic fantasy card game called Heroes of Asfar and the self explanatory There Are Elves Beneath The Cities of Our World.
"We took it less out of the realm of singing serious songs about dragons and wizards and changing out to silly songs about dragons and wizards," Lacker said. "We're trying to promote the idea of tabletop gaming and the importance of wizards and dragons whereas your serious metal counterparts were trying to tell you serious stories about dragons and wizards."