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CD review BLOODY HAMMERS “The Horrific Case of Bloody Hammers”

Veröffentlicht am 12. Juli 2017 von Markus W. in Bloody Hammers, Doom Metal, Classic Rock, Rock, Hardrock, News, CD Review, Napalm Records, Heavy Metal, Dark Metal

CD review BLOODY HAMMERS “The Horrific Case of Bloody Hammers”

(8/10) Bloody Hammers from Charlotte, North Carolina can look back on four longplayers which all featured well-crafted metal in minor. What began as a more 70’s classic rock interpretation shifted towards a gloomy and heavy doom experience for listener. This development became obvious on the bands last full-length output “Lovely Sort of Death” and finds a continuation on the new EP entitled “The Horrific Case of Bloody Hammers”.

This six track mini album is a thrilling one with the band creating a sound that gives the shivers. Anders Magna and his wife Devallia charged each of the song with an intense feeling that reminds in parts of Type O’Negative. This comparison is less about the music. It’s more the dark atmosphere that acts as a connector throughout.

This album comes without any filler. It’s the opposite. Songs like the hammering opener “Gates of Hell” are pearls when it comes to groove and sphere. Listening to this tune makes you feel like knocking at the gates of hell - and you enjoy it. The counterpart is the beat-driven “The Beyond” which is more melodic and calmer. Vocals, drums and keyboards are in focus, giving the number a great expression and a melancholy that’s perfectly captured by songwriting and arrangement. Things end with a song called "The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance", a tune that brings back some The Doors-vibes.

To round of the spectrum of tuness means also mentioning “Vultures Circe Overland”. Again it’s drum and vocals dominating the song in the verse before it shifts towards an alternative metal chorus that made me think of Life Of Agony which also has to do with Magna’s intonation.

This duo add another successful chapter to their discography, an EP at least meets expectations if not even exceeding them.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Gates of Hell
  2. Blood
  3. The Beyond
  4. Vultures Circle Overland
  5. All the Colors of the Dark
  6. The Bloodsucker Leads the Dance

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Doom Metal

Release Date EU: July 14th, 2017

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CD review BLOODY HAMMERS "Bloodletting Sort of Death"

Veröffentlicht am 3. August 2016 von Markus W. in Bloody Hammers, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Gothic, News, CD Review, Psychedelic Rock, Stoner Rock, Classic Rock

(8/10) Bloody Hammers are delivering new albums on a constant base. The first three ones came within a period of three years and the forth one is on it’s way. “Bloodletting Sort of Death” is the name of this record and it took the guys from North Carolina two years to finalize the production.

It’s not only the rhythm of releases that changed; it’s also Bloody Hammers’ sound. So far we have been used to 70’s classic rock that came with a larger occult component, merging all this with some stoner rock and quite some gothic.

This time Bloody Hammers sound is darker and more intense. The fact that the songwriting started during wintertime is probably one reason for this. Also the gothic elements became much more dominant, which gives “Bloodletting Sort of Kiss” a slightly different vibe than what we heard on the predecessors. Things became much more atmospheric on the new album, which, I think, sounds pretty good.

“Bloodletting on the Kiss” brings you in the right mood. The tune is slow and shows Bloody Hammers at its best. It’s a really gloomy number that lives and dies by the vocals of Anders Manga. It feels like Lake Of Tears meets Sisters Of Mercy meets Nick Cave. This track could become a ‘small’ hit in each indie club and it’s a cool opener for an exciting album.

The slow pace continues with “Light Come Alive”. It’s actually coming with a similar expression as the opener, which makes it to another dark experience with some harder breakouts in the chorus.

I guess that the guys heard some Tiamat since “The Reaper Comes” shows some cross-reference to the later days of Johan Edlund &Co.. A strong bassline opens the doors to “Messalina”. It’s rhythmic driven number that comes closer to the earlier releases.

A tune that brings together history and the here and now is “Stroke the Fire”. I have to pick-up again the Sisters Of Mercy comparison from earlier since this track could be almost from “Vision Thing”.

“Ether” unveils the doom passion while “Shadow Out of Time” is a slow dirge with a lot of grayness included.

“Astral Traveler” brings back speed and the closer “Catastrophe” is build on a bitter sweet expression that covers the musical world in gloomy shades.

“Lovely Sort of Death” is an album that is build on depth and emotion rather than on simply riffs that lead to immediate headbanging. This longplayer is entertaining from the very first note with an embedded need to listen more often to it. Bloody Hammers provide you with some emotional darkness as a counterpart to a hot summer day, an album that makes you closing the blinds, light the candles and press ‘play’.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Bloodletting on the Kiss
  2. Lights Come Alive
  3. The Reaper Comes
  4. Messalina
  5. Infinite Gaze to the Sun
  6. Stoke the Fire
  7. Ether
  8. Shadow Out of Time
  9. Astral Traveler
  10. Catastrophe

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Gothic Metal

Release Date EU: August 5th, 2016

CD review BLOODY HAMMERS "Bloodletting Sort of Death"
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CD review BLOODY HAMMERS "Under satan's sun"

Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2014 von Markus W. in Bloody Hammers, Black Sabbath, Doom Metal, Heavy Metal, Stoner Rock, CD Review, News

(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.

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The town that dreaded sundown
  2. Spearfinger
  3. Death does us part
  4. The moon-eyed people
  5. Second coming
  6. Welcome to the horrow show
  7. Under satan's sun
  8. Dead man's shadow on the wall
  9. The last alarm
  10. The necromancer

 

Label: Napalm Records

Genre: Doom Metal

CD review BLOODY HAMMERS "Under satan's sun"
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