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CD review HAMMERCULT "Steelcrusher"

Veröffentlicht am 18. Januar 2014 von Markus W. in Hammercult, Thrash Metal, News, CD Review

(6/10) There are albums were you don't really know what to do with it. "Steelcrusher" from Hammercult is one of those. Founded in 2010 by Yakir Shochat and after winning the Metal Battle in Wacken Hammercult comes with their new second album called "Steelcrusher". 

Shochat himself describes the sound of the band as a "mixture of the old Running Wild and Kreator on steriods". I don't really know why he has chosen this comparison since I can't hear the old Running Wild in the songs and just some Kreator elements. For me it's more a mix between Kreator and Children Of Bodom. But Hammercult never reaches the quality of those two bands. 

"Steelcrusher" contains 11 thrash metal songs and one intro. From the musical point of view the album is quite OK. Fast songs with heavy riffs, good leads and soli. What annoyed me after a while was the voice of Shochat. His hoarse way of singing is quite monotonous, considering a running time of 44 minutes. Some chorus parts like in "Buring the road" are a relief and lead to some variety. The same goes for the crowls which are placed here and there. The second point is that the songs are all fast thrashers and they all sound very similar. This doesn't increase the curiosity for the next song. And all this is the big difference between Hammercult and the earlier mentioned Kreator and Children Of Bodom. 

I think, that Hammercult could have produced a good EP, but for a full-length album it's too much of the same. After three songs you get the impression that you've heard it all. There is light and shadow in this record.

 

(6/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Hymn to the steel (intro)
  2. Steelcrusher
  3. Metal rules tonight
  4. Into hell
  5. We are the people
  6. Burning the road
  7. Ironbound
  8. Unholy art
  9. Satanic lust
  10. Liar
  11. Damnation arise
  12. Heading for war

 

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: Thrash Metal

CD review HAMMERCULT "Steelcrusher"