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DAMNATIONS HAMMER
DAMNATIONS HAMMER
Disciples Of The Hex
(I Hate Records)
40:49min

UK's Doom / Death Metal outfit, DAMNATIONS HAMMER, makes quite an entrance on the band's debut studio album, "Disciples Of The Hex". Right from the very first moments I am getting a feel that Mr. Tom Warrior has some secret side project going on of which we haven't been informed at all. I mean, could any existing band in today's world of Metal music sound more CELTIC FROST than DAMNATIONS HAMMER? Perhaps so, but it's no denying that the guys in DAMNATIONS HAMMER are already sick and tired of hearing all these comparisons to the Swiss Metal gods CELTIC FROST, especially to the band's "To Mega Therion" era, in which CELTIC FROST took a couple of careful musical steps toward the wonderful world of avant-gardism (and continued the same musical theme much stronger on the band's next 1987 "Into The Pandemonium" album). DAMNATIONS HAMMER's Lovecraftian doomy Death - deathly Doom, or whatever, turns out to be pretty darn awesome on this disc. Seriously, the crispiness of guitars' tone, the utter heaviness of a pounding bass sound, the drums of true doom and vocalist Tim Preston's serious attempt to sound like Mr. Warrior himself, they all together create one helluva scary and menacing atmosphere over the songs on "Disciples Of The Hex", that one and only CELTIC FROST-ian atmosphere that always gets some loud applause and deep nods among a cultivated Metal crowd. But yeah, whether someone finds this UK trio's total CELTIC FROST worship somehow disturbing - or even ridiculous and silly, I guess it's pretty much his / her headache then. I enjoy the album as it is offered to me: with its dozens of musical hints about being a true bastard child of CELTIC FROST's past times. In fact, it's great even to notice some band has decided to give a fair try for CELTIC FROST's heritage. That's truly something worth cherishing I think - and DAMNATIONS HAMMER should definitely earn a few extra thumbs up for that on "Disciples Of The Hex". DAMNATIONS HAMMER: damnationshammer.bandcamp.com, label: www.ihate.se

Luxi Lahtinen

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