HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE Dead Revolution

586455Although they have been on the steady pace since the inception, it took five years for Californian experimentalists Hammers of Misfortune to follow their previous albums 17th Street. Basically life events was what got in the way: from nice things like newborn baby of band leader John Cobbett and keyboardist Sigrid Sheie, side projects like Vhol and Vastum to not so nice events such as motorcycle accident of singer Joe Hutton. All of this prolonged the release of Dead Revolution, the album which was ready more than one year ago, but it is finally here so we can get on with the listening pronto. It should be said that Hammers of Misfortune have always carried some retro vibe, they draw a lot of their inspiration from the bands of bygone era but in the same time they combine all of their influences into something completely new so you cannot accuse them of being mere copycats of famous names. In the same time, every album of theirs has something of its own which sets it apart from other entries in the discography. If I have to compare Dead Revolution to its predecessor, I would say that new album is much punchier in its delivery with strong riffing even bordering on thrash metal and catchy rhythms. In the same time, the music is filled with organ sounds reminiscent of 70s hard rock and when you add to it unpredictable song structures leading the music into prog rock territories you have trademark Hammers of Misfortune sound for your enjoyment. John sad that the album was recorded in very analog way and you can hear that straight away, no flashy tricks or loud bombastic sounds… just the band playing out of the heart and you can hear it like you are in the same room with them. I must also give my compliments to vocals of Joe: 17th Street was his debut and I felt that he was a bit insecure here and there. On Dead Revolution he came into his own a bit more and although I will always dream about Mike Scalzi’s return to fold (fanboy, I know), I must be honest and say that Joe has done fine job on these songs. All in all, Dead Revolution is another unmistakable Hammers of Misfortune record that will not get them tons of new fans but aficionados of good and different metal will again embrace it with open arms.

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