After 2 demos New York's formation DEMOLITION HAMMER got a record deal at rising label Century Media and in 1990 released its first long player. Well, what should I say, for some it is a forgotten gem of Thrash Metal history, for others not. I myself tend towards the latter.
The Thrash of the band, spiced with some Death Metal, does not really differ from the scene sludge. The songs are well played, hefty and brutal, no question, but unfortunately also too monotonous. Not too much sticks. The band definitely is trying to differ, but somehow the shot goes off into the wrong direction. Maybe it also is the powerless production or the almost non existent choruses, why this album does not ignite with me.
Single songs, such as the opener "44 Caliber Brain Surgery" or "Crippling Velocity" have quite their moments, but the overall result is not the thing. As parallel I would draw DARK ANGEL's "Leave Scars" album. If DEMOLITION HAMMER step on the pedal, though (which is not often enough), the music sounds really great. You cannot like it all, therefore: 5,5 points. (Online January 25, 2004)