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Hammerhed: The Fennoscandian Badass

Hammerhed have a bit of a manifesto; "We are a group of metalheads doing what we can with what we have. Metal, thrash, punk and all the forms of underground expression have allways been part of our lives one way or the other. Our main influences are both obvious and glorious; Pantera, NYC-hard core, metal groups such as Anthrax, Sepultura, Prong and Fear Factory, thrash killers like S.O.D. and Carnivore, and cross-overs such as Suicidal Tendencies. To us it was never more than one scene of hard-ass music, no compromise, no bullshit. In that way we are old-school; alien to the genres and classification that has somewhat crippled the nowaday's metal movement. We put together what is important to us, and no doubt important to you too, the brutality, the strength and everything we know how to do well. This is, and allways will be, our street metal aggression."

"Alien to genres," may well be the key bit because we're definitely in the broad church of metal here, witness the fury and speed guitar on "FBA" there's nothing here that's going to get played on daytime (or possibly any) radio station here. What there is though is a full blown aural assault, he said whilst clearly delving into his big bag of clichés. That said "Dollarized" has a deceptively memorable groove and melody to it and as a whole this is an album that can cure hangovers at a thousand paces. If they ever venture out from their Finish enclave I imagine they'll blow the roof off any venue. Recommended.

Track listing:
1. Intro
2. FBA
3. Dollarized
4. Bastardophobia
5. Bushmaster
6. Better To Burn
7. Inch By Bloody Inch
8. Righteous Hammer
9. Legal Piece
10. Primitive
11. Few Know, Few Seek

Added: June 26th 2012
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
Hits: 2389
Language: english

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