Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hammer - No Way Out (self-financed)

Originally formed as Hellrider, Hammer had the goal of creating a “pure English style rock and roll group.” Well, true to their desire they have succeeded. The ten tracks presented here rock as hard as you’d expect a “pure English style rock” to rock. Nevertheless, the demo quality production and the moderately high raspy vocals initially give the impression that this band is simply a Motorhead lite. However, repeated listens enlighten you with their rough-n-ready underdog charm, revealing the bands obvious love for what they do - rock and have fun. If you’re looking for originality you’ll have to go someplace else, but if you’re simply looking for an album to get completely hammered to, then No Way Out may be the perfect release for your next gathering of local headbangers.

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