Monday, February 15, 2010

Hammers of Misfortune - The Locust Years

Artist: Hammers of Misfortune
Album: The Locust Years
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Year: 2006
Origin: USA

I can't believe I only recently started listening to Hammers of Misfortune. They're from San Francisco, and they include members of GWAR, Christ on Parade, and even Pansy Division! That's a strange combination, but it doesn't really hint at what the band sounds like, except that the music is also an interesting combination. It's power metal, or traditional heavy metal or some-such, but it's definitely progressive and there are folky parts and hints of something heavier. The melodies and the female vocals on this album are tremendous. It almost seems like the lyrics must be political somehow, from the song titles, but I haven't noticed anything overt.

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Charles D. Ward said...

Pansy Division, cool. I mean, they're terrible, but yeah. Cool.

I much prefer the Dutch band Tedje en de Flikkers (Teddy and the Faggots) who played totally bizarre anarchist electro-queercore-avant-la-lettre (they called it flikkerpunk) from 1978-1980.

I have tried out Hammers of Misfortune a couple of times because the description always sound so promising but I just can't get into them at all.

Rodrigo said...

Ohh I already have this album, but thanx! this is my favorite band, I think they are very underated but I´ve just heard that they signed with Metal Blade, The Locust Years is a masterpiece!

TheChiefCommie said...

Metal Blade huh? They certainly deserve the attention.

dhd said...

It's interesting that you mention the lyrics... I had always thought HoM's lyrics were medieval fantasy stuff but when it comes down to it the lyrics to "Trot out your dead" are very obviously about the use of 9/11 to silence criticism of Bush administration policies (no, seriously). Love this band/album...

TheChiefCommie said...

Thanks for letting me know! I'll try to listen to the words more carefully now, especially on that track.

The Hounds Of Doom said...

John Cobbett was also from Slough Feg, one of the most amazing bands ever.

Congrats on your blog, very eclectic!

No Passarán!!