Deathhammer, cover (hi-res)

Asphyx, Deathhammer

Deathhammer is prototypical “brutal” death/ doom metal: i.e., grunted/rasped vocals over wildly-detuned-yet-fairly-simple riffs– It’s more primal, simpler, than Martin van Drunen’s other extant outfit, Hail of Bullets

There’s two types of songs herein:  fast/deathy and slow/doomy. Thus follows the highlights of either category….

Slowish, doom-metally:

“We Doom You to Death,” is particularly memorable and a great riff in general, like a European Sleep tribute band… “As the Magma Mammoth Rises” is a 7-minute-ish lurching doom-metal-by-way-of-death-metal tune: they’re both great, and yet though somehow slow and low-tuned, somehow still reminiscent of Hail of Bullets without being an obvious ripoff the said act… more like Death (the band and the phenomenon) on Quaaludes….

Fastish:

“Deathammer,” “Reign of the Brute,” and “Vespa Crabro,” are all (tempo-wise) fast and (chronologically) brief: all under 3:00. All way-detuned and all furious and bombastic.

The best part of both types of tunes is probably van Drunen’s vocals: rather than sounding like he’s imitating harsh, angry vocals, he genuinely sounds like someone being tortured, and being enraged by it. Like a schizophrenic screaming on the streetcorner about God/ aliens/ CIA implants….

Truly metal, in other words.

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