Hammercult are one of those bands that have always had 'it'. Now I'm not entirely sure what 'it' is, but there is something that this band evokes, perhaps something that came through in their sophomore record, or stuff that came out when I saw them open up for Napalm Death last year. The thing is - Hammercult are turned on to something distinctly special and understand the raw power of thrash metal, and now they are back with anthemic and punchy thrash masterpieces that will keep you moshing through the night.
I think that one of the things that really draws me to Hammercult is that they have their own aesthetic and a very clear idea of the image they want. They have always been the fucked up thrash metal band who use crossover ideas and death metal vocals to get the kind of sounds that most of their peers can only dream of. The raw energy and primal darkness communicated in their music is stunning. Beyond that though Built For War sees the band using more crowd-pleasing ideas to make it the kind of record that makes you pump your first. These ideas have always been in Hammercults music, it just feels like know they have a much more refined sense of who they are.
The fact of the matter is, I'm probably biased, Hammercult have been one of my favorite thrash bands for a long time. What can I say? Songs like Saturday Night Circle Pit Fight remind me of high school and they are brilliantly written. Hammercult are vicious and communicate a sense of devastation that is really missing in a lot of modern thrash metal. If you're diving into the pit to honor what these guys have done on this latest full length then you're missing out. Hammercult are the real motherfucking deal, don't deny yourself their triumph!
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