Hammered - The Beginning - (5/10)
Published on March 23, 2013
Hammered is a Heavy Metal band from Italy and ‘The Beginning’ is their first full-length album. I’ve seen the band’s sound compared to Iron Maiden and early Metallica, and while there are similarities, these comparisons don’t quite do it. they’re not Power Metal, they certainly aren’t Thrash Metal … I would call them straight-up Heavy Metal with maybe a small dose of Speed Metal added to the mix.
In terms of the music, well, it’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with it. Andrea Csàszàr’s vocals fit the music and aren’t bad, but they don’t stand out either and he is unlikely to be anyone’s favourite metal singer. The songs … well, they’re okay too. Same story really, not bad, but not great, either.
The band likes long intros; ’No Time for Us’ and ’See You in Hell’ kicking off with long instrumental sections, in the case of the former over 3 minutes’ worth. Nothing wrong with that, plenty of guitar to enjoy, but it’s all just quite good. ‘See You In Hell’ might well be the best song on offer here; it has a good, long guitar solo which elevates it above most of the other tracks, but the chorus is unmemorable.
Unmemorable. I could use that word a lot in this review, as it sums up the album for me. The whole thing is fine, it’s okay, inoffensive, but nothing raises it above the ordinary.
Possibly the most memorable track is ‘Money’, but not because it’s particularly good. It’s a strange track, shorter than most of the others, with layers of electric and acoustic guitar, a spoken/yelled vocal instead of any singing and a guitar solo at the end. Quite bizarre, and not in a good, or indeed bad, way.
‘Masters of Your Nightmares’ and ‘The Five Hunters’ are the only songs with what I’d consider catchy choruses, the latter having gratuitous swearing that sticks out like a sore thumb and as such is actually quite funny.
The final song is a cover version of a DREAM THEATER track, which again seems quite odd – it’s very mellow, with piano and soft vocals, but doesn’t really sound like a ballad. I don’t like this at all, but I have never been and will never be a DREAM THEATER fan, so I may not be the best judge of this particular tune.
In summary, it’s fine. It’s all fine. I don’t dislike this album, but that’s about the most positive thing I can say about it. I’ve heard a lot worse than this, but with the possible exception of ‘See You in Hell’, I won’t feel the need to listen to any of these songs again. Memorable tunes next time, please.