Saturday, July 10, 2010
Dommedagsnatt by Thorr's Hammer
"This is one of the Doom Metal genre's hidden gems. Most Stephen O'Malley projects are worth checking out, but Thorr's Hammer is one for the ages. The highlight of this heavy-as-fuck death/doom band is the vocalist. Though the rest of the band is from the US, Runhild Gammelsæter is a female singer from Norway. With her at the reins, the singing ranges from clean and angelic, to some of the best grunts i've ever heard. As seen with the Brazilian Black Metal band, Nocturnal Worshipper, women often outshine men when they take over the duties of vocalist.
The music on this ep is similiar to Burning Witch, but perhaps not as slow. As with any O'Malley band, the guitars are thick and heavy. The drumming is crushing and pounding. Combine this with the Norwegian lyrics and growls (sometimes paired up with the clean vocals at the same time), and you have one hell of a band. The fourth and final track is a live recording (from a show or a rehearsal - i'm not sure). This partially sacrifices the sound quality, but compared to other live/demo recordings, this is perfection.
Thorr's Hammer are one of the many cult Doom bands to have quickly emerged and dissipated. This ep has been immortalized among the ranks of Thergothon, Worship, etc, as it fully embraces and symbolizes the purest form of Doom/Death."