(8/10) Anders Manga is the man behind Bloddy Hammers. He is the mastermind of the Transylvania County based band. I have to admit that I haven't had the band on my metal radar so far, but this changed with their third album. The name of the disc is "Under Satan's sun" and it contains in total 10 songs.
Everything fits together on this record. The music is a melange out of doom metal, some stoner rock and psychadelic elements too. You could also describe it basically as a mix between Black Sabbath and Lake Of Tears (just listen to the opener). It's astonishing how much Manga's voice sounds like the one from Daniel Brennare during some tunes like e.g the opener "the town of dreaded sundown". Sometimes there are also small references to the good old Type O Negative - not regarding the music; it's mainly about the atmosphere of certain tracks.
The songs of the album are short little horror stories. The cover of the album fits perfect into this context since the entire record could also be a soundtrack for an 70's or 80's horror b-movie.
The album spread a darker and creepy atmosphere, but the ten tracks are highly melodic and have some chatchy chorus too. Highlights are the slower and threatening "Death does us part", the Marilyn Manson like "Moon-eyed people" and the fast "Dead man's shadow on the wall". But actually also the other 7 tracks would be worth to mention since they reach the same quality level.
If we still consider the third album as an important one when it comes to further success, I can see a glorious future of the band. "Under Satan's sun" is good food for your CD player.
- The town that dreaded sundown
- Death does us part
- The moon-eyed people
- Second coming
- Welcome to the horrow show
- Under satan's sun
- Dead man's shadow on the wall
- The last alarm
- The necromancer
Label: Napalm Records
Genre: Doom Metal