Bloody Hammers is an American metal/gothic/doom band formed in 2012. The formation consists of the main man Anders Manga and his wife Devallia. They have released 4 full-length albums so far and they have decided to surprise the fans this time with an EP called “The Horrific Case of Bloody Hammers”, which has been released recently.
My first encounter with Bloody Hammers was last year when I found out they have an album called “Lovely Sort of Death”. As I listened to the album, I was mesmerized by the tunes and that eerie atmosphere and they have definitely carved their name on my head. As soon as I heard the news of the EP, I was hyped. You know how it is like… You discover a band, listen to their record and raise the expectations…
This time, with this EP, I have to say that my expectations were not satisfied. Surely, it is the Bloody Hammers we know and it’s not like they went out of their style and did something fancy or extreme. As a matter of fact, the album’s sound overall is based on killer riffs and the “doom/gothic metal” vibes instead of the electronic sound. The synths are more of in the background than being featured as the element of the EP. So the songs are heavier and show us the ‘metal and heavy’ side of the band.. which is quite satisfying.
On the other hand, I had the feeling that the EP was somehow rushed; the songs are too repetitive and not unique. After spinning many times, I realized that there isn’t one song that stayed in my mind. Surely, some riffs here and there got me hooked somehow but overall, I have to say that this is just a mediocre release. As a reviewer, I look for certain sparks, aspects or unique elements that are featured in the songs and those elements lacked in this EP sadly. I know that the band could have done much better and that they have potential so I expect a much better, richer (stylewise) and more unique release from Bloody Hammers. Let’s hope that the band has something more interesting and surprising for us for their next full-length record!
Anders Manga – vocals, guitar, bass
Devallia – keyboards, organ