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Hammers Of Misfortune - The Bastard (8/10) - USA - 2001

Genre: Epic Metal
Label: Tumult
Playing time: 46:15
Band homepage: Hammers Of Misfortune

Tracklist:

  1. The Dragon Is Summoned
  2. The Bastard Sapling
  3. On Wings Of Vengeance
  4. The Hunting Tyrant
  5. You Should Have Slain Me
  6. An Oath Sworn In Hell
  7. The Blood Axe Speaks
  8. Tyrant Dies
  9. The Witch's Dance
  10. The Prophecy Has Two Meanings
  11. New King's Lament
  12. For The Axe
  13. Troll's March
  14. Sacrifice/The End
Hammers Of Misfortune - The Bastard
HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE hail from San Francisco, an Epic/Power/Black Metal-band, that sounds damn original. Different elements from all kinds of Metal-sub-genres are united into an album that at the beginning is hard to listen to, but it grows on you.

A complex Fantasy-story has been used and each character has its own voice. THE BASTARD is performed by Mike Scalzi (SLOUGH FEG), whose voice is clean and heroic. Then there is THE TYRANT, sung by John (no family name stated) with a harsh shrieking voice and THE CHAOS GODDESS, sung by a certain Janis, the only female voice. The sound is full of different tempos, Folk-parts and much atmosphere. I'm really reminded of an original version of Obscure Metal!

So all of you, who love polished Straight Metal, will run screaming, but fans of obscure acts like CIRITH UNGOL, MANILLA ROAD, BROCAS HELM or THE LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG have to get this one. Order at: Tumult, PO BOX 642371 San Francisco, CA 94164-2371, USA

Ralf Henn



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