HAMMERSCHMITT • Hammerschmitt LP

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Rockport Records 1985
I don't know what the deal is with this album, but it kinda whiffs of a studio project, or some kinda guitar hero record. You know, not a real band, just something thrown together to showcase the guitarist's wanking skills... the kinda crap Shrapnel Records put out. If that's your thing, there's lots of sweep picking and emotionless arpeggiated nonsense to wow you on "Hammerschmitt". Don't get me wrong, there's actual songs on this record, and they're not totally overburdened with six-string histrionics, but when the soloing happens... lookout! Musically it would seem that IRON MAIDEN were the biggest influence on the song writing here, as there's plenty of galloping riffs, guitar harmonies, and Nicko McBrainy drum fills. The whole thing is just so clichéd... look at that goddamn cover for chrisssakes! I couldn't believe it when I first saw it... is that dude (?) in the band? "Big City Action" is actually a very cool song, with a huge, memorable and triumphant chorus. Overall I guess this is a pretty decent album, maybe it's just a bit too precise and "schooled" for my taste... but there's no doubt that these guys can play.
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