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DEATHHAMMER “Evil Power” (Review)

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Evil Power
Hell’s Headbangers
Release Date: 30 June 2015
Score: 6.5 Stars

“‘Evil Power’ can be safely recommended to old guys who want to relive their youth with nostalgic tears in their eyes and the album can be a nice gift to youngsters who would die for having been born in the 1980s.”

When Fenriz (Darkthrone) strongly recommends a band one has to be careful nowadays. No doubt, the Norwegian musician knows his metal and his music, but in the last years he has been mainly recommending metal-troops which try to bring back the glorious days of the 1980s. And although such bands might be highly praised at the moment, this “retro-trend” is becoming a wee bit boring.

So it comes as no surprise that Deathhammer play nothing more and nothing less than fast and brutal thrash metal. Although clearly inspired by the glorious three thrash bands from Germany (Kreator, Sodom and Destruction), Deathhammer also take their music further – sometimes they enter black/thrash realms and remind the listener of Aura Noir, and sometimes they sound more like an evil version of your local speed metal band (think for example of Stallion). Combine this with their rather goofy lyrics (song titles like “Total Metal” and “Powertrip” speak for themselves) and what you get is a perfect example of an entertaining metal album without too much depth and substance.

This does not mean that Deathhammer are unfit at their instruments or that they are unable to write interesting and catchy songs. Quite the contrary – their riffs are sharp, the lead guitar rocks like hell and the drums are fast, destructive and merciless. The production fits the album – the guys from Norway sound raw and organic, but not necro and dull. Only the vocals on “Evil Power” are annoying; there might be some fans of these high pitched screams, but in Deathhammer’s case they just sound too forced. One can also not avoid the feeling that one has heard this kind of music and this kind of songs too often. Yes, a real rocker like “Sinner’s Possession” and a metal-hymn like “Total Metal” are always fun, but some kind of innovation or unique feeling would still be great. It’s simply too much retro here.

“Evil Power” can be safely recommended to old guys who want to relive their youth with nostalgic tears in their eyes and the album can be a nice gift to youngsters who would die for having been born in the 1980s. Everyone else can listen to “Evil Power” once in a while, but it is no album which will stand the test of time.