There comes, every once in awhile, a band that is just awesome, there is no other word that can accurately describe the band, while some people may use "artistic" or "progressive" or "epic" the most fitting and appropriate word is just "awesome". The band to have this honour bestowed upon it is HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE. Combining Power, Folk, Epic, Progressive Metal along with some Rock Opera atmosphere; HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE are like a breath of fresh air in the Metal genre as a whole.
Starting off this bundle of awesome is the title track, which just....rocks, the groove and the twin guitar harmony are just rockin' efforts and they shine through very well, then the piano starts and the Rock/Metal Opera starts, the dual voices of John Cobbett (THE LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG) and Sigrid Sheie are really awesome and they compliment and contrast each other perfectly.
The whole album is pretty much kick-ass but the stand outs are "Trot Out The Dead", which is just too cool, this song really makes it seem like an opera, the epic choruses and the awesome vocal delivery in the verses are awesome. "War Anthem" slays, with a big chorus and a freakin' sweet riff. The last cut "Widow's Wall" is such a bad ass closure to the album, this song has soaring melodies, epic build-ups and killer vocals, ending the album on a high note and some awesome guitar work. Which is another thing I've got to mention, the riffs on this album are awesome (again....re-occurring theme) they range from groovy, to epic, to mighty and then to quiet and somber. They just slay!
So, everyone cool likes things that are awesome right? Well this album is awesome, so if you're cool, you'll like this album, if you don't then well, it's obvious you're not cool; and that's your problem not mine. But everyone likes cool people right? Thus using a deductive argument your ticket to ultimate coolness and friends is "The Locust Years". So that's pretty basic logic there, so buy this album and everyone will like you.....maybe.........buy it anyway. (Online September 29, 2006)