This Israeli band Hammercult are friggin’ psychos. Just take a moment and meditate on that album cover. You are bound to get sucked into listening to their sophomore album all the way through, because Steelcrusher is unbelievably metal. It’s also super funny and the band excels at not giving a damn what others think but still writing good metal played really well.”Satanic Lust” is raw raw raw thrash with screechy screamed vocal madness and an unrepentant message about, i think, how cool it is to be getting fellatio from a succubus from hell.This is fun metal that kicks ass and you are stupid if you take too seriously. The screams and gang vocals are vomitted and blurted out with zeal and every note on the record sounds hungry to rock your face off. The mix of melo-death vocals with thrash works better than it ought to and some of the lead vocals of Yakir Shochat sound like Devildriver singing old Exodus, in a very good way. Hammercult remind us that good metal shouldn’t be that impossible to find.
“Liar” is probably stupid rad live, with a great structure that keeps building unrelentingly atop the non stop snare attack, peppered with sick leads and Easter eggs, ;ike the snazzy little licks throughout the song. This is the rare band where every time they curse it is pretty cool and makes you pumped. I feel like the high energy of this shit could blow many bands off the stage and it is impressive that Hammercult already have held their own on stage with Hatebreed, Sepultura and D.R.I., to name a few. The 2:37 minute title track features thrash and even a semi epic power-metal bridge. It is more exciting than anything on the last Anthrax record, much as I really do love Anthrax (and liked Worship Music). This band is just exploding with testosterone but their aggresion is more about kicking ass than a macho kicking of your ass. And the humor is darker and less goofy than, say, the also very funny Municipal Waste. The standout track in my book is “Metal Rules Tonight”, an unoriginal whiplash that nonetheless manages to fire on every cylinder so hard that you can’t help but grit your teeth and headband until blood shoots out of your eyes. And the guitar solo is pure molten fire. Love this album. “Heavy metal’s here to stay!!!”
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