Bloody Hammers – Under Satan’s Sun | Review
For those who felt Spiritual Relics lacked a little of the magic and longevity of their self-titled debut, Under Satan’s Sun puts all their continually blossoming strengths on show with a blood-curdled abash, standing toe-to-toe with their finest work. Rolling into action with horror samples plucked straight from Rob Zombie’s hellish imagination, "The Town That Dreaded Sundown" is a simplistic, memorable song led by a slow, Sabbath inspired riff, with Anders Manga’s vocals cranking up the intensity for a thoroughly addictive chorus. Devallia’s organs are pleasingly much more dominant in the mix on this record and her tingling piano here helps add another chilling dynamic to the band’s sound.
As the record progresses, you start to feel that collectively, this may be the best batch of songs they have released to date. The mournful "Death Do Us Part", the twisted melodies of "Welcome to the Horror Show" and the frantic punk undertones of "Dead Man's Shadow on the Wall" all get you singing along and nodding your head. And that’s exactly what these songs are about.
One standout moment in the record comes in the form of "Second Coming", a cover of what it arguably one of Alice Cooper’s most evil songs. They manage to capture that demonic menace that haunts the original while giving it a fresh impetus resembling their own stylistic philosophies. It’s a great version of an already brilliant track and it’s great fun to jump between the two different versions.
Intriguingly, Anders Manga has opted to double track his guitars with a different fuzz pedal each time (a ZVEX Fuzz Factory and an Electro-Harmonix Big Muff for those tech needs amongst you). The result is a resounding prickly, hairy wall of fuzz that really electrifies the band’s sound. It helps separate them from the competition.
The one criticism this record and indeed the band as a whole could face is that they are very much embedded within the confines of their own sound. For some, further exploration into other music realms may be desired, but for what this is it is hard to beat and the band are only getting better at it. This may not be the most complex, mind-boggling music that you’ve ever heard, but it’s not trying to be. This is catchy, horror inspired doom rock at its finest.
Band info: www.bloodyhammers.com
Label info: www.napalmrecords.com