Eleven months ago it was one of those great moments in the Doom/Gothic/Heavy Psych genre, when Bloody Hammers from Charlotte, NC, released their self-titled debut album. Bloody Hammers entered the scene out of nowhere and captured everybody's heart, especially of those, who long for a mixture of fuzzy Doom and Heavy Psych with a gothic touch and catchy hooklines and deadly guitar riffs and the icing on the cake were the creepy and ominous synths.
Now Bloody Hammers released their sophomore album 'Spiritual Relics' a few weeks ago and it would be convenient to shoot it down in flames because it doesn't provide something completely new in comparison to their debut. Former critics will not be convinced by the new result but the adoring fans get exactly what they expect. All trademarks are combined to another masterpiece of raspy, fuzzy doom with hooklines, which haunt you even in your nightmares. A powerful and top-notch production, which let most of other bands go green with envy, highlights this awesome album.
There are slight changes to their debut. Bloody Hammers strike a more calm and mellow tone in a few songs, culminated in the final song 'Science Fiction', which is a dyed-in-the-wool ballad. Thumbs up for Bloody Hammers' grit to walk off the beaten path.
All in all this is an awesome masterpiece and I'm totally chuffed. The only thing I'm missing here is the shock effect, which could never be repeated and why the debut exceeds 'Spiritual Relics' (9,5/10).
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