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Review: Sacred Steel - Hammer of Destruction
Sacred Steel
Hammer of Destruction

Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 48:00
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: March 31, 2008
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
Readers Rating
Hammer of Destruction

Rated 3.08/5 (61.67%) (12 Votes)

I don't get it. I really should love Sacred Steel, given my blatant worship of most other bands of their ilk, but something about them just never gets me too excited. They've got their hearts in the right place, and they definitely don't follow any modern trends or introduce any non-metal elements into their sound, but this just isn't a very exciting album. The formula is pretty standard, with heavy, galloping True Metal riffs out the ass, shoutalong choruses, lyrics about war and the occult and other such topics, wailing vocals, and the whole package, but it doesn't click. This album sort of sounds like Helstar's first couple of albums, as Gerrit Mutz's vocals are very similar to James Rivera's, except Mutz doesn't have near the amount of energy, conviction and charisma that Rivera has always possessed, and the riffing style is a lot like that of Remnants of War, but it's not anywhere near as progressive or exciting as those albums were.

There are no real bad songs here, but none that will make you sit up and take notice either. Sacred Steel are simply a boring band, and while they are a respectable outfit for back-to-basics Heavy Metal, you can do far better than Hammer of Destruction if you're looking for that kind of thing. Passable, but nondescript.

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