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DEMOLITION HAMMER
DEMOLITION HAMMER
Epidemic Of Violence
(Century Media Records)
58:50min

Continuing where "Tortured Existence" left off, DEMOLITION HAMMER essentially wrote the same songs on "Epidemic Of Violence", but with an added injection of velocity and vitriol. Whereas "Tortured Existence" had a chunkier production sound, "Epidemic Of Violence" has a much more polished sound, almost like a well greased power saw. Once again, the songs are somewhere betwixt the gap separating Thrash from Death Metal. The drums are unforgiving, hardly letting up for more than a few seconds at a time for the screeching solos that herald yet another shift at a construction site gone horribly, horribly wrong. Not much changed vocally in the two years between "Epidemic Of Violence" and "Tortured Existence", which is fine although it does provide yet more material for the argument that DEMOLITION HAMMER were a Thrash band. In truth, with a band this pummeling, it should not really matter what genre of Metal they played, only that whatever Metal they did play was of the kind that beats on the eardrum as sure as Pete Sandoval does every gig with MORBID ANGEL. DEMOLITION HAMMER records are notoriously difficult to find these days, as are so many other forgotten gems. Century Media has finally made the first DEMOLITION HAMMER records widely available again. In addition to the record itself, the label has included 4 live tracks ('Mercenary Aggression', 'Cataclysm', 'Crippling Velocity' and 'Carnivorous Obsession') from the band's gigs in support of the album. Don't miss out! www.myspace.com/skullfracturingnecrology

Nathan Shapiro

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