Sunday, September 8, 2013


So, maybe you want a hyphenate? Welcome to this year's Kowloon Walled City- Hammerhands. More and thicker sludge-drone-doom Metal than you could shake a very large stick at. The first track, "Floods" has the distinction of having the unique time signature of "1". Not "1/1", not "1/4", just plain "1". I'm joking, but damn, is this sucker slo-o-o-o-o-w. No attempt at anything but crushing volume, at about the six minute mark (yes, the six minute mark) it alters from a straight up pounding drone to this gigantic mis-shapen riff with pure straight from the pit of hell bellowing vocals- like I said, the only thing as seismic would be either actual earthquakes or Kowloon Walled City.  The odd-but-slow time signatures and angular thick as molten asphalt riffs continues on track two "Analysis Paralysis". It's like The Jesus Lizard slowed to one eighth speed, and triple the volume. It's like Voivod on elephant tranquilizers. We finally get cut a break at the beginning of the title track "Glaciers" which starts out with an almost pretty guitar figure, but then, the screams and pounding come back in. But, let's just get right to it- out of sixty minutes, half of that is the last track- Equus. Unlike, say, Earth or Swans, where it's all just drone and pummel the first three minutes are angular noodling, lulling you away from the beatings to come. from there we go to pound town for about ten minutes. Did I mention the Swans? Yeah, well, now I have, twice. Then, it's a good,  solid ten minutes of feedback and drone. No beat, no break, just drone.
I'm not saying you should listen to it. I'm not even saying I'm going to listen to it, too often, but if you want something heavier and louder, and more drone, more doom than Neurosis and Kowloon Walled City, Hammerhands have your number.

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