Progressive thrash band Hammers Of Misfortune is back for the first time since 2016 with a new song "Don't Follow The Lights" and a new record Overtaker due out on December 2. "Don't Follow The Lights" is somewhere between spacey progressive rock and Voivod-ian sci-fi madness, with plenty of strange twists and turns thrown in. I mean come on – who the hell else is throwing in furiously strummed acoustic guitars over a speedy thrash beat before it all busts into an old-school Nocturnus shot right into the outer reaches?
"When my family moved to Montana in 2016, my inclination was to continue expanding on this sound," multi-instrumentalist John Cobbett said about Overtaker originally being a separate project.
"Initially, there was no intention of putting it out as Hammers or Vhöl. Everyone was so busy, and we were suddenly far away from our usual co-conspirators. But that changed as the album developed and old friends returned to the fold. Overtaker is fast, furious, psychedelic, and progressive. But it’s different from other progressive metal in true Hammers fashion."
Overtaker features guest spots from Mike Scalzi (The Lord Weird Slough Feg), Frank Chin (Crypt Sermon, Daeva), Tom Draper (Pounder, Spirit Adrift), Steve Blanco (Imperial Triumphant), and Brooks Wilson (Crypt Sermon). The artwork for Overtaker was done by Saprophial and pre-orders are available here. Though most importantly, it's just really good to have Hammers Of Misfortune back in our lives. This band is far too unique and talented to be silent for so long.