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Review: Hammercult - Built for War
Built for War

Label: Steamhammer
Year released: 2015
Duration: 40:24
Tracks: 13
Genre: Death/Thrash


Review online: February 7, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Rated 4.13/5 (82.5%) (8 Votes)

Israel's rising yet already hottest Metal name at the moment is perhaps Hammercult, a band that has actively been touring as much as it possibly can, just to get the name on the lips of as many people as possible around the globe. 

Hammercult's third album, titled Built for War, sees the band expanding their sound toward new territories. Not only is Built for War a more melodic effort, but it also is way more varied musically than the band's previous albums. Vocalist Yakir Shochat has been unprejudiced enough to try out clean vocals on this record (check out "Spoils of War"), hitting home with those as well. Also, Hammercult have found a more rocking gear from their seamlessly and smoothly rolling metal machine, as can be heard in such a song as "Ready to Roll". However, fear not as they still sound too extreme to be labelled a mainstream's big butt-kissing act. The opening track, "Rise of the Hammer", speaks clearly for Hammercult's extreme side of the musical palette, as does "Altar of Pain", which is also one of the most aggressive and fast-tempo numbers on Built for War, a merciless, 21-pound iron-fist-in-your-face type of number, with no questions asked. 

Overall Hammercult have greatly revealed their true claws on Built for War, and they are sharp enough for full-scale warfare. The world domination is near for them, even nearer than you would expect.

More about Hammercult...
Review: Steelcrusher (reviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist Yakir Shochat on November 20, 2014 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
Interview with vocalist and guitarist Yakir Shochat on October 23, 2015 (Interviewed by Luxi Lahtinen)
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