Hammr – ‘Unholy Destruction’ (Hell’s Headbangers) Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Rowland   
Monday, 12 February 2018 04:00

Hammr artworkNow this is the kind of stuff I love from Hell’s Headbangers – a chunk of metal that is fast, furious, frantic and utterly filthy. Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Hammr was formed by J. Hammer in 2013 and ‘Unholy Destruction’ is the debut full length album from the band, following a succession of highly regarded digital and cassette demos.


Cleveland is, of course, the home town of the mighty Midnight too, and Midnight’s live guitarist Commandor Vanek has supplied some guitar work and mixed the album, which may explain a slight similarity to Midnight in places.

There’s not too much in the way of variety here – and there’s not meant to be. Aside from the hypnotic, doomy introduction of ‘Intro’, ‘Unholy Destruction’ proceeds to deliver ten short, sharp slices of frantic punk-infused ‘satanic speed’ metal with relentless D-beat drums, barking vocals and furious speed metal riffing like a swarm of very angry hornets that pummel you into submission from the start.


With song titles like ‘Satanic Raid’, ‘Desecrator’, ‘Demonic Rites’, ‘Sadistic Poison’ and ‘Final Sacrifice’, the subject matter is suitably satanic. Don’t expect a high tech, big production either – that’s surplus to requirements on stuff like this: this is raw, rabid and ready to rip your face off.


If you’re a fan of the more extreme stuff from the early days of thrash and speed metal, the early stuff from bands like Bathory, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Venom, Kreator, Sodom, Slayer and Whiplash, as well as UK82 punk from the likes of Discharge, Exploited and GBH, or more contemporary stuff like Deathhammer and Midnight, then Hammr deliver the filth and the fury that you need. From start to finish, ‘Unholy Destruction’ is crushingly brilliant.


‘Unholy Destruction’ is released on 23 February. You can get your copy HERE.


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