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Review: Skull Hammer - Pay it in Blood
Skull Hammer
Pay it in Blood

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 42:12
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: January 4, 2011
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Pay it in Blood

Rated 3.82/5 (76.36%) (11 Votes)

This is the debut from Skull Hammer, a thrash trio from the U.S. Skull Hammer keep things simple and effective. You won't find any unnecessary sound effects or any shit like that. While it has some elements that you would expect from crossover bands like D.R.I. (vocally at least), the amount of riffs that this thing has will eliminate any doubts about the metalness of the record.

Right from the start, when the main riff from the opener hits, you have no choice but headbang to the song. That situation happens most of the time but there are some odd spots when the band gets very predictable and repetitive such as in "Balls to the Bone" and "Born Evil". It is not an album killer or anything like that but enough to distract you from the overall feeling of the album. In addition, this isn't the fastest album around. Aside from the terrific lead sections, this record will not be remembered for its speed. If that is what you are solely looking for in a thrash album then skip this because this record is not for you.

For the rest of us, there is some amazing stuff here. Virtually every song has something that you will remember long after the record is over. Hell, the chorus of "I Defy" was stuck in my head for hours. With its energy, this trio has made an album with huge potential and while is not a classic, it is an album that every thrash fan will enjoy.

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