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Review: Hammerstar - Hammerstar

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 45:25
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: September 28, 2022
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (10 Votes)

Well, Skullview have been broken up for a while now, it seems, and it's not really a surprise, as their last release was over a decade ago. This is a new band formed by a guitar player named "Johnny Frankenshred" and Skullview's inimitable vocalist "Quimby" Lewis. They apparently met up during the lockdown and decided to start a band to play the kind of classic Heavy Metal they grew up on.

The band lists influences from the likes of Maiden, Priest, and Dio, but this is much more in line with classic US Metal than anything else. I hear some Metal Church and a whole lot of Helstar in the somewhat stilted rhythms, crunching riffs, and Lewis's hard-edged midrange that recalls Mike Howe but with some whacked-out high notes mixed in. Given the energy here and the straight-up metal devotion, I really want to like this better than I do. The songs are pretty good, but they never rise above that mark, and most of them go on way too long for the amount of musical ideas they contain and repeat themselves way too much. This shows promise, but it's not there yet.

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