Built around members of various other Belfast combos – most notably the mighty War Iron – this four piece, to paraphrase a well-known TV advert, do exactly what it says on the label… hammer the living fuck out of you.
Their no holds barred approach is evinced right from the artwork – a obviously recently bloodied sledgehammer – through the material and subjects they tackle, to vocalist Baggy’s extensive use of the word ‘fuck’ in his hard-hitting lyrics.
‘Born Of The Ass’ kicks this four track EP off in style, starting with a staccato drum line (although the drums do sound a bit tinny in the overall mix) before moving into a crunchy mid-paced riff. ‘Drone’ is anything but, being another impressive mid-paced mix of the various members’ grindcore, doom and thrash influences, while ‘Hillibillies’ is as close as they come to a pure death metal performance, with its vicious vocal over a grinding spitting riff and closer ‘Abortion Addict’ is another vitriol-fuelled slab of grind-meets-death, ending ironically with samples of children happily playing to counterpart its societal-indicting lyrical subject matter.
A (Fuck)hammered 7.5/10.
- To find out more about Fuckhammer, visit http://fuckhammer.bandcamp.com/, where you can also stream/download ‘Drone’ for free.
- ‘Hammered To Fuck’ is available now on Grindscene Records and can be bought here: http://grindscenerecords.bigcartel.com/product/fuckhammer.
- War Iron, featuring Baggy and Dave from Fuckhammer, play Katy Daly’s in Belfast, with support from Comply Or Die and Astralnaut (see our review of their ‘Back To The Bog’ EP at http://planetmosh.com/astralnaut-back-to-the-bog-ep/), on Saturday June 9 (http://www.facebook.com/events/295776170513085/). Fuckhammer also support ArnoCorps at the Speakeasy, Queen’s University Students’ Union, on Saturday July 7 (http://www.facebook.com/events/322373201142453/).