Hammers of Misfortune
The Locust Years
Release date: June 26th 2006
Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Provided by: Cruz Del Sur Music
Website: www.hammersofmisfortune.com
Style: ??
Rating: 70/100
Reviewed by: Jørgen Ditlev
Date: February 7th 2007

This is my first encounter with Hammers of Misfortune but they have been around since the late nineties, their debut album “The Bastard” was released in 2001 on the Tumult label and in 2003 the second album “The August Engine” came out through Cruz Del Sur Music. 

Hammers of Misfortune’s music is very hard to categorize it! Most of it sounds like a jam session with a seventies progressive rock band, a folk band, Last Crack and Lordian Guard.

“The Locust Years” needed twenty or twenty-five spins before I really got hooked, it actually sounds a lot like a weird soundtrack with great vocals, Mike Scalzi (Slough Feg) is sharing the vocals with two female singers (Jamie Myers and Sigrid Sheie). 

The songs are full of inspiration and great ideas but sometimes it just sounds a bit too weird, listen before you buy. 

Recommended tracks: “The Locust Years”, “Trot out the Damned” & “War Anthem”.