Lancashire based DAMNATION’S HAMMER have been going since 2007 and until now only had the ‘Serpents Wrath’ demo to their name. Yet the bands debut full length album ‘Disciples of the Hex’ as well as being a Death/Doom Metal album fuses it’s sound with influences of Traditional and Stoner Doom to make for a more compelling listening experience.With simple yet striking artwork and an overly dark album name you probably won’t be surprised to learn that Damnation’s Hammer’s lyrical and thematic content is largely centred around the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and in particular Lovecraft’s Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire featured in his stories.
With a methodically slow build up as well as a seriously dark and evil sound Damnation’s Hammer are superb at building suspense through calculating drumming and dark riff-age. ‘Throne of Fire’ likewise starts with a slow build up using monolithic riffs before heading into a quicker and steadier pace with aggressive drumming and guitar play. Damnation’s Hammer play with a catchy and groovy style and easy to pick up vocals so your hooked from the very start yet when the band tread slower moor doomier waters their oppressive and darker nature breaks the surface with ease. Indeed some of their sounds are thoroughly demonic and cavernous whilst at other times they are down right catchy and rapid in flow and pace. Sporting superb song craft and musicianship Damnation’s Hammer are a band that you need to hear! [7.5/10 – LUKE HAYHURST]