Quick Review: HAMMERCULT Steelcrusher
I hope you’re ready for some fuckin thrash… not the tired repetitive trash you hear trying to pass for thrash in recent years, but full-blown testicle-crushing thrash. Orphaned Land can step to the side and make way, for in Israel a new metal force called Hammercult has arisen to bludgeon the world with Steelcrusher, a take-no-prisoners thrash attack the likes of which are so rare these days.With tracks like “Satanic Lust” (an homage to groupie sluts of yore: “suck my balls like they’re candy” being the funniest lyrics I’ve heard in a while), “Steelcrusher” (We’ll smash your face!), and “Metal Rules Tonight” (what else could this song be about except how much better metal is than anything?), Steelcrusher is an unapologetic celebration of all things metal, ballsy, and vulgar—and I mean that in the best way possible. This thrash is catchy the way fish hooks are catchy: caught in your face and ears and arms and legs and forcing you to writhe. I have no doubt that these guys will be making plenty of new fans in the coming years.
Fans of Revocation and Havoc should not miss what could be one of the best new thrash releases of 2014.
Steelcrusher is due out in the US and Canada February 4th from SPV/Sonic Attack.