Kingdom of the Hammer King
Cruz del Sur Music
From the quiet and cold Kaiserslautern comes the new sensation of German Heavy Metal. Obsessed with the hammer and the king, the Hammer King debut, under the cult italian label Cruz Del Sur Music, with this ‘Kingdom of the Hammer King’.
It seems a joke, and for sure the Germans don’t take them self too much seriously, but I assure you: ‘Kingdom of the Hammer King’ is a kick ass album.
Pure traditional epic heavy metal on the holy tracks of Manowar (in fact two members used to play in a Kings of Metal cover band), but also the typical sound of the German Power Metal and a voice that remembers a lot Tobias Sammet.
The Hammer King knows how to put together the right quantity of fun, technical skills, ridiculous lyrics (five songs on ten have the word ‘hammer’ and/or ‘king’ in the title), smart songwriting, epic choruses and awesome refrains that are made to be nailed in your mind and to be scream at the live shows.
Every song has a distinctive mark and there is never a moment of predictability or boredom, with the climax of the epic ending ‘Glory to the Hammer King’. The main characters of the album are obviously the guitars of Tilmann Ruby (aka Gino Wilde) and the vocal lines of Patrick Fuchs (aka Titan Fox V), with a clean but solid production.
The result is a really enjoyable and well played album with no pretensions if not to entertain with a bit of good old heavy metal.
So ‘Fear the hammer all shall sing Glory to the Hammer King!!!’.
84/100 (c) Dan Ross
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