Wednesday, July 25, 2012

CD Review: Hammers Of Misfortune Tour Hits "17th Street"

Progressive metal band, Hammers of Misfortune are currently on a short 10-date tour which is wrapping up this weekend with a show at the Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH. The band is promoting their latest release entitled "17th Street" which was released back in October of 2011 through Metal Blade Records. 

The album combines their love of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal with classic eighties thrash metal as displayed in the title song, "17th Street." They provide a big, mainstream metal sound with a sing out loud chorus displayed on "The Grain" and show-off their blazing guitars on "Staring (The 31st Floor)." The band picks up the tempo on the welcoming, fast-pace of "Romance Valley," before continuing with the power ballad "Summer Tears." The album closes with the ten-minute epic "Going Somewhere."

Supporting Hammer of Misfortune on this tour is doom metal band, The Gates of Slumber. Their latest release, "The Wretch" is the trio's most complete work to date. The chugging bass and pounding drums of the opener, "Bastards Born" sets you up for the rest of the album. The jungle-type beat of "The Scourge Ov Drunkenness" and the mystical sounding "Castle Of The Devil" show more diversity within their songwriting for this latest album. 

The tour hits Cambridge, MA tonight before heading north for two shows in Canada. Please visit for more information on the tour and updates on the band.

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