BLOODY HAMMERS will follow up to 2014’s Under Satan’s Sun with Lovely Sort of Death on August 5, 2016 via Napalm Records.
“This album is certainly the darkest album I’ve ever recorded”, states BLOODY HAMMERS mastermind Anders Manga. Through the snowy winter of 2015, Anders began writing, but this time took a much darker and atmospheric direction. For the first time he added thick Moog sounds along with his normal fuzzed-out guitar, with more atmospheric keys provided by Devallia.
Check out the videos for the first three songs released, “Bloodletting on the Kiss,” “The Reaper Comes,” and “Messalina“:
Unlike everyone else, we waited until 2014 was actually over to recount our favorite albums. It’s been a great year for extreme music with a healthy amount of excellent releases. We saw the return of legends in GODFLESH and AT THE GATES as well as welcome returns from long recording breaks in BEHEMOTH and MAYHEM. And who can deny the GHOST B.C.-like popularity explosion of Japan’s BABYMETAL? Crazy shit. Metal is certainly a diverse genre.
For 2014, the APESHIT goons did not have any unanimous or semi-unanimous album of the year (i.e. 2013’s CARCASS‘ Surgical Steel). But MAYHEM, BLOODBATH, GODFLESH, and TRYPTIKON were near consensus picks. Sorry, ENTOMBED A.D. didn’t make it here.
Unfortunately for some of us, it took three albums to find out about the light of BLOODY HAMMERS. The important thing is that we are all here now to enjoy Under Satan’s Sun. The band’s sound is an amalgam of doom, psychedelic rock, gothic rock, stoner rock, and various classic rock/punk influences wrapped in vintage horror aesthetics and fuzzed out guitars. The most important thing is that BLOODY HAMMERS focus in on creating catchy, memorable songs. Their song structures are straight forward (think DANZIG) and their sonic approach is intentionally understated.
Having said that, Under Satan’s Sun succeeds when the big, catchy songs hit. Thankfully, this occurs frequently. Killer songs like”Spearfinger,” “Death Does Us Part,” “Welcome to the Horror Show,” and the title track are the same level as the legendary SENTENCED.
Vocalist/bassist Anders Manga is undeniably the key. His charismatic voice and hooks often remind one of PARADISE LOST‘s Nick Holmes. Lyrically, he is a storyteller that easily transitions between morose and lighter tales. Anders is a special talent for sure.
BLOODY HAMMERS have done a fine job in crafting Under Satan’s Sun. If this doesn’t bump them up a few notches in the heavy music scene, I don’t know what will. (Napalm Records)
South Carolina´s gothic heavy psych band BLOODY HAMMERS has signed to the Napalm Records/Spinning Goblin. More information on their new album will be available soon.
“The brilliant part about our job here at Napalm often is to team up and help bands succeed that you are already a big fan of personally! Both previous albums ‘Bloody Hammers‘ and ‘Spiritual Relics‘ are simply amazing and have been played here at the Napalm headquarters all of last year.” – Sebastian Muench, A&R
“Napalm has the talented worldwide staff and infrastructure that made perfect sense to me. I’ve recently written some of the best songs in my life for the next album and I’m confident they will do their part getting it out to the world. We’re looking forward to all the possibilities with Napalm / Spinning Goblin in 2014.” – Anders Manga, bass/vocals