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?