Profound and Profane
Label: Naplam Records
Release Date: 26th March
Chucking forth some thrash and roll Hammerfight release their second Album “Profound and Profane” These whiskey drinking Beer Drenched Metallers mix up all different Metal genres and release twelve aggressive, teeth smashing tracks upon the world.
“Picking up Change” opens proceedings battering all that dare stand in its way, this a no nonsense track that sees Todd Stern and Dan Higgins shredding the life force out of their instruments, combined with hammering drums courtesy of Justin Spaeth and gravel induced vocals from Drew Murphy accompanied by his deep and resonant bass playing .
This is one hell of a start to what is a competent head banging introduction to “Profound and Profane”. “Target Acquired” thrashes and rips the devils flesh with its machine gun drumming ,and angst filled vocals ,this is a standout track dredging up memories of the early days of Thrash ,and when it slows down ,the way this song chugs and speeds up again like a speeding juggernaut outta control on the devil’s highway.
The assault on your senses continues on “Into The Dark” which takes a melodic turn just past halfway, it’s a brief reprieve for your neck muscles that then become taut as you pummel the air with your fists and head bang yourself senseless! What I love most about this album are the drums ,they are damn fast and really compelling as “Good Times in Dark Ages” cracks you in the face with an iron fist this is deliriously addictive and a full force Metal machine.
The speeding Metal fest just doesn’t stop as “Gods of Rock n Roll” spews forth its venom in this relentless banging onslaught of neck straining delight!
Mid way through things take a completely different route with the Bluesy “Low & Broken” ,its acoustic guitar ,born on the bayou drinking JD kind of a tune that takes you by surprise at first but it really grows on you and is hypnotic.
“Private Stock” sees the band flying through the gears as the guitar solos and head destroying drums annihilate your brain. “The Ultimate Sacrifice” starts with a fusion of instruments that then throws you into a hardcore head fuck! “Cell Mates” is another favorite , the way it opens gently then charges at you with full force like Lucifer’s brigade on steeds from hell, the vocals burn you as the band deliver some pure adrenaline induced musicianship.
Then the neck breaking “West Side Story” is unleashed as you body slam and bang your head to the mighty Hammerfight, damn that’s gonna go down well live! “The Crate” is a superb instrumental running just under five minutes it really demonstrates the bands dexterity and jaw droppingly amazing musicianship.
Final track “Cult of Conceit” brings things to a close as the vocals return to smash your skull! To sum up this an impressive Album that works its magic on you after the first listen.. Hammerfight are band to keep a look out for, they will be huge!
Review: Seb Di Gatto Score: 8.5/10
1.Picking Up Change
3.Into the Dark
4.Good Times in Dark Ages
5.Gods of Rock n' Roll
6.Low & Broken
8.The Ultimate Sacrifice
10.West Side Story
12.Cult Of Conceit
Drew Murphy - Bass, Vocals.
Todd Stern – Guitar
Dan Higgins – Guitar
Justin Spaeth - Drums