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Bloody Hammers - Under Satan's Sun

Bloody Hammers
Under Satan's Sun
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 28 May 2014, 7:18 PM

BLOODY HAMMERS is a Southern/Gothic/Fuzz band based out of Transylvania County, North Carolina, USA.  They have equally incorporated elements of Doom Metal, Stoner Metal and Psychedelic Rock.  This is their third full-length album, and the first on their new label Napalm Records.  The album contains ten tracks.

The opening track, “The Town That Dreaded Sundown,” has a slow, sludgy, and doomy kind of sound, with a deliberate fuzz to the guitars, and a riff driven focus.  Prolific doses of “Wah-Wah” make up the guitar solo.  It is equal parts BLACK SABBATH and DOWN, with a more easy-listening type of approach.  “Spearfinger” is a bit more earnest, but with that same downtrodden, suspenseful sound.  Here you feel a little more of the Stoner elements.  “Death Does Us Part” continues in this same vein.  The more discernable chorus does add some depth to the track, as the riffs continue to drive the music.  “The Moon Eyed People” settles into a deeper groove, and a more macabre sound.  That main riff really grinds over and over.

“Second Coming” begins with a note about “finding God,” and has some doom and gloom keyboard notes that foray into the main riff.  It lingers on in sludge.  “Welcome to the Horror Show” features some more keys, and a lighter, more airy sound.  Anders whispers during the chorus, then adds more in the chorus, with long, lamenting words.  The title track might be the best and most complete song on the album.  It’s a bit quicker in pace, and with a longer chorus.  “Dead Man’s Shadow on the Wall” has a thicker quality to it, with plenty of low end bombast, while “The Last Alarm” is more sinister and aptly titled.  Closing the album is “The Necromancer.”  It has a swinging kind of rhythm to it, and some varied riffing.  The imagery conjured up from the songs does indeed match the demonic cover art.  It’s like living in Haddonfield, IL, and waiting for Michael Myers to come.   The band does a good job imparting this feeling into their music.  Perhaps what is lacking is some variegate to the album as a whole, and it is quite minimalistic in delivery.  I am not suggesting the band write outside of their core sound.  But if you like this style of music I have every confidence you will like BLOODY HAMMERS.

3 Star Rating

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 Horror Show
7. Under Satan’s Sun
8. Dead Man’s Shadow On The Wall
9. The Last Alarm
10. The Necromancer
Anders Manga – Vocals, Bass
Bill Fisher – Guitar
Devallia – Paino, Organ
Doza – Drums
Record Label: Napalm Records


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