Bloody Hammers – “Spiritual Relics”

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Bloody Hammers – “Spiritual Relics” (SoulSeller)

Southern Gothic Mountain Fuzz from Transylvania County! Despite their brutal monicker these guys and lady could be straight out’ve a comic book with names like Anders Manga and Devallia but their sound is something else, mixing 70s goth like Bauhaus, post punk like Joy Division along with a rolling stoner groove that at times even hints of Type O Negative. Coming from a North Carolina scene already famed for heavy duty sludge bands like Buzzov-en and Weedeater, Bloody Hammers add an interesting and unexpected dimension thru their dark melodies and creepy Josh Silver like harmonies from Devallia’s organ sound to some cool dual vocals contrasting trippy male vocals with goth baritone along with femme backing highs. The guitars are typically down tuned and distorted, but maintain a good tempo to keep pace on songs like ‘At The Well Of Nazareth’, ‘Science Fiction’ and ‘Shiver’, rocking this classy album to natural closure in style. Bloody Hammers certainly offer an interesting appeal with their seemingly impossible mix of contrasting styles but the question is whether goths can hang with greebos?

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BLOODY HAMMERS “Spiritual Relics”

BLOODY HAMMERS
”Spiritual Relics”
(Soul Seller)
Time has come for BLOODY HAMMERS to present us with a second album. Is it as good as the first one? Is it even better? All these questions and more will be answered once I’ve listened to the album. I don’t what it is about the 70s rock music but I like most of the stuff that I hear from that decade, especially the early years. BLOODY HAMMERS have that early Black Sabbath groove that I love so much. Add to it a modern metal touch and you almost got a Trouble for the 21st century (had it not been that Trouble just released a new album). This is the kind of doomy metal that is a such a blast to listen to. If you liked the first album you’ll gonna love this. Call it retro if you like. I’ll call it brilliant. Anders Ekdahl

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