Hammerheart hails from Slovakia and they
are my first encounter with Slovakian music. In the past I have
heard about Slovakian bands such as Metalinda and Tublatanka but
never had the chance to listen to them.
Hammerheart was formed back in 1994 and
have released two demos and they have participated on a compilation
called “The Grimoire of Exalted Deeds # 2” from 1999. Hammerheart
is a four piece consisting of Ian Glorian (Guitar), Shisho (Bass),
Mario Zvara (Drums) and main songwriter Denis Belacik (Vocal and
This first full-length from Hammerheart
contains eight tracks, they play straightforward heavy metal with
all the trademarks of Iron Maiden. Especially the first track “Back
from Serenity” has a strong Iron Maiden feeling to it, the rest of
the album is heavily inspired by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal
and are loaded with twin guitar duels (Hell yeah).
It is all topped by the excellent vocals from
Denis Belacik, he reminds me of Volker Walsemann from Poverty’s No
Crime. It’s too difficult to pick out the best track on the album
because they are all great pieces of heavy metal, hopefully
Hammerheart will be picked up by a label in the near future.
Support this great band.