BLOODY HAMMERS - Songs Of Unspeakable Terror (Napalm Records)

  Van Muylem    22 januari 2021

Fans of BLOODY HAMMERS have been riding the Transylvania County, North Carolina-based husband and wife duo’s wavelength of heavy metal, doom and goth rock since their formation in 2010 – but never have they encountered a haunt like this! While it doesn’t stray too far from the sound listeners have grown to infectiously adore, the band’s latest full-length offering – Songs Of Unspeakable Terror – explores territory yet uncharted by the band: retro-ized horror punk in all its gritty glory.

I must admit I only discovered them recently whilst checking a new clip from them and it hit me. Not long after that I decided to ask their record company If they can send me the album. I got a sound cloud link and was pretty fast diving into their cool, dark, goth’n roll and very catchy sound.

I was born in 1973 and black ’n white horror movies was something hot in my youth, just as The Twilight Zone series and I think this last one inspired them a lot! For those who are too young to know: The Twilight Zone is an American media franchise based on the anthology television series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy, science fiction, absurdism, dystopian fiction, suspense, horror, supernatural drama, black comedy, and psychological thriller, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, and usually with a moral.

Now let’s focus on the music! They start with A Night To Dismember and that is a song that mixes goth’n roll with punk and vocals that remind me a bit of Josh Homme (Queens of The Stone Age). It’s catchy, cool and fast enough to have fun during gigs or just start to move on it in your own at home. Next one could be stoner rock or punk doom: Hands Of The Ripper.Just listen to the roaring bass! I like it and keeps the dark vibe going on whilst enjoying the music!

More punk minded goth’n roll comes with Witchfinder General. Be ready to pogo on this one! I like the horror minded intro ofNot Of This Earth whilst we get a new touch of Queens of The Stone Age. More cool and catchy goth’n roll punk/horror vibe comes with The Ones Who Own The Dark: this is one of the songs that will make love them! More catchy horror/fun comes with Waking The Dead (I think people will sing along once they can perform it before an audience)! A song that sounds a bit harder and focuses more on the horror part is Night Of The Witch (I hear a slice of Bauhaus in it, but also some cool punk & gothic rock). Catchy and funny that’s how I would describe We Are The Damned. The male backings are really cool (I suppose it’s his voice recorded over and over to make it sound like as if many people are backing him up). More fun and laughter comes with The Brain That Wouldn't Die. I really like the title and the chorus that makes it catchy and cool! Lucifer's Light sounds different in the beginning as Anders’ voice sounds more like as if James Hetfield (Metallica) is whispering a strange incantation. For once you hear very clear the synth. The song is very captivating and even a bit spooky. The last blast comes with I Spit On Your Corpse: punk rock from the top shelf with some horror influences and vocals on fire whilst the guitar is spitting gasoline and the drums ignite the fire! This is the ultimate venom song!

WOW! This was a blast and total fun! I just wished they would have send me a download link! Time to order it, no? Have fun with this jewel! It’s legally insane music that will make you want to party!


Anders Manga: Vocals, Guitar, Bass

Devallia: Keyboards/Organ