This was originally released as a 10-inch MLP on Hostile Regression Records a while back and has just been re-released on CD format with 4 bonus tracks. The music of Bloodhammer is raw Black Metal in the vein of Darkthrone. As a matter of fact, the vocalist for Bloodhammer sounds a lot like Nocturno Culto, too, come to think of it. Luckily, when recording this album, the band opted for a better sound than your average raw Black Metal band. The guitars are clear and there is even audible bass! The rawer and more chaotic bands in the Black Metal genre generally don’t go for the cleaner sound but it really works for Bloodhammer. I don’t refer to this as “Grim” Black Metal as that usually ends up meaning “underproduced” or “possessing shitty sound so that the band can claim to be ‘cult’ or ‘true’ as well as covering up the fact that they suck.” Yes, the musical style is fairly derivative and yes, this stuff has been done before but it’s really hard to slam a band that can get your head banging like this one can. There are plenty of memorable riffs on Ancient Kings, something that is always a plus in my book. If you like bands like Darkthrone (Blaze in the Northern Sky/Under a Funeral Moon era), Judas Iscariot, early Burzum or the first couple Graveland albums, Bloodhammer will satisfy your cravings.
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