Hammers of Misfortune – Overtaker (Experimental Prog Metal to Please the Pretentious)


This was so good I cried even. Okay, maybe not that, but damn. But, first, we got some tags to get out of the way to show you how good this is because by definition it shouldn’t have been at all. We got progressive metal, we got old school thrash, we got nwobhm-styled ramblings, we got heavy metal (in general), and, ugh, psychedelic metal. None of that is truly ever good in modern forms. Go ahead, get mad, flame me, I’ve heard it before. It’s like the sequels to the novel Dune. Until you admit there’s better out there and what you worship is trash qua trash, you’re never getting anywhere. Time to come out of that cave and taste the latest from Hammers of Misfortune!


I mean this also had some of the silliest band promo photos with it I’ve ever seen. Look them up. Are you at a winery? Why are you holding a pitchfork? Is that your child? Being that they’re from Montana the photos actually make a lot of sense, but yet they’re also nonsensical. Yet in spite of that, and in spite of the above, Overtaker is the best album of this type of metal I’ve ever heard, period. Actually, types to be specific. There’s far too much happening here for me to accurately explain it in less than a dissertation, so let’s be brief. Hammers of Misfortune create a spectacularly epic atmosphere in this release without any of the usually tawdry features that come with it. It’s highly unpredictable at times, yet its energy will thrill even the most pretentious of connoisseurs, especially the vocals. Let me just stop, see that score below? You’ll understand it when you listen to Overtaker. The end.


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Written by Stanley, Devourer of Souls

Hammers of Misfortune – Overtaker
Cruz del Sur Music
Cover Art: Saprophial
5 / 5