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HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE
THE LOCUST YEARS
CRUZ DEL SUR

Easily one of the most exhilarating bands to come down the pipe in a very long time, the San Francisco based quintet Hammers of Misfortune once again showcase why they are so rightfully critically acclaimed on THE LOCUST YEARS. This eight-track offering is a majestic metallic masterpiece from end to end, complete with sweeping melodies, lush atmospheric elements, and a hearty helping of progressive metal that ranges from hypnotic folksy-ness of “Election Day” to driving NWOBHM-influenced “Chastity Ride”. By throwing in some piano, female vocals, and other grandiose nuances, THE LOCUST YEARS truly embarks on a fantastic voyage that strays into a Pink Floyd-like domain without losing its teeth or turning soft on cuts like “Widow’s Wall”. Mighty, bold, operatic and hair-raising, this disc is truly one of the most comprehensive albums heard in quite some time and is surely worth your time if you pine for a truly epic metal experience.
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- Mike SOS