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Hammer Of The Witch [VINYL]

Ringworm Vinyl
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  • Vinyl (17 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RELAPSE RECORDS
  • ASIN: B00HXNGQVO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dawn of Decay
2. Bleed
3. Leave Your Skin at the Door
4. Exit Life
5. Psychic Vampire
6. King of Blood
7. I Recommend Amputation
8. Hammer of the Witch
9. We'll Always Have the End
10. One of Us Is Going to Have to Die...
11. Vicious Circle of Life
12. Die Like a Pig
13. Height of Revelation

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ringworm - hammer of the witch 23 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I’ve been a fan of this band ever since their 2011 album Scars, and now with Relapse Records after departing from Victory Records, it seems like it’s business as usual for this hardcore outfit. From the first note of this album right until the last, this could go down as 2014′s angriest album bar none, due to the amount of audio assault you will receive.

All the same there are breakdowns aplenty here and, if you’re familiar with this band up to now, then Hammer of the Witch will fit nicely among 2014′s releases so far, so take out some life insurance before you listen to this album as you will need it.

Although Hammer is Ringworm’s official full-length debut for Relapse Records, they did release the 10″ Bleed vinyl (limited to 1000) and contains three tracks: “The Wheel”, “Bleed” and “The Nightmare Continues.” If I’m reading this right, then two of them are actually bonus tracks.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” as the saying goes and with Ringworm that seems to be the case on Witch. “Dawn of Decay” opens this album with a little intro the fades in, before a groovy section enters here, and a mix of groove and thrash go into this song providing us with plenty of variety. This is by no means a progressive rock album so you’re going to get long jaunts of music, but instead there are short tracks, so it’s short, sharp and blunt – just the way you expect Ringworm to be.

The album carries on in the same train of thought, with a few breakdowns here and there throughout, and as you’d expect this album is right in your face. There isn’t a lot of deviation about this album and it doesn’t stray far from its point – Its mission is very clear and very direct.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardcore Speed Metal Fury 18 Mar 2014
By esthomas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ringworm is a band who has managed to fly underneath the rader for around 20 years or so. Even though the band has collected a pretty devoted cult following through the years, the band is still relatively unknown. I only first heard the band about a year ago via "Scars" which is still the only album I have owned by the band until now. So for all those people who don't know, here's my review.

Ringworm started as a hardcore band years ago; however, since their inception they have grown to more of a thrash, hardcore hybrid. The result is a fury of aggression matched with the intensity of bands such as Slayer, pounding the listener's ears until they bleed. The music is straight forward with very little filler and doesn't let up until it's over.

Bands to compare Ringworm to would be: Slayer, Integrity, Pantera, and Discharge. I wouldn't go as far as to say the Ringworm are a clone to any of these bands; however, I would say fans of the above mentioned bands should be satisfied. .
5.0 out of 5 stars Contender for Album of 2014 20 May 2014
By Ryan V. Ingram - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This has got to be one of the meanest most violet records I have heard in a long time and I love it. Tech metal, death metal, emo-metal(?) prog-metal fans need not apply. This is straightforward thrash out the gate, but no shrieky cheesy yowls or fake death growls, I'm talking unrestrained hate spewed venom yelled at the top of the lungs. This album aint brootal, this is @#$% vicious.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 8 May 2014
By Steve Lehnert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
It's my cup of tea. Music like this will always sound good because it's genuine and timeless. Deeper quality speaks for itself.
5.0 out of 5 stars heavy, fast and brutal... what metel should be. 7 May 2014
By ron obst - Published on Amazon.com
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This album is awesome. Hadn't listened to them in forever. Was looking for an album to work out to and this is more than I expected for the $5 I spent. Now im looking into their back catalog for more albums.
4.0 out of 5 stars Two word paraphrase: Cool album 30 April 2014
By A. Stutheit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ringworm hit pay-dirt when they released full-length number four in 2005, "Justice Replaced By Revenge," a watershed release that found the band taking on a more metallic sound opposed to the hardcore-based roots that was their bread and butter on every record prior to that one. And now flash forward nine years to full-length effort number eight, and Ringworm are continuing down that same path that they first trail-blazed several years ago. In fact, 2014's "Hammer Of The Witch" actually plays more like a piece of full-on thrash metal than anything else, and one that is only occasionally tinged with hardcore elements (i.e. hardcore-derived chugga-chugga breakdowns, call-and-response vocal patterns, etc).

"Hammer..." is mainly the guitarists show, as they lay the uncork a nonstop succession of blistering riffage and solos. But their potency is furthered by a rhythm section that could bust-up concrete, with Ed Stephens laying down some seriously fat bass lines, while his counterpart, Danny Zink, provides the tunes with drumming that is tight and precise. It all makes for one really muscle-bound batch of relentlessly brutal and busy arrangements. And it is all topped off by "singer" James "Human Furnace" Bulloch, whose screamed vocals usually sound like a cross between Shadows Fall's Brian Fair and Slayer's Tom Araya. Other sound-wise comparisons include early Metallica, Kreator, Anthrax, The Haunted, and Corrosion Of Conformity.

Getting right to the point, if you want much (if any) variety and/or sonic experimentation in your music, you might as well look elsewhere, as "Hammer Of The Witch" is pretty much a thrash-fest from beginning to end. But that is not to say that there aren't just enough solid melodies, arrangement change-ups, everso subtle tempo shifts, and various other sonic nooks and crannies, present, here to produce a fair amount of standout tracks. And whether revving up the engines for a blistering, blood-pumping bruiser like "Bleed" (which finds ominous bass grumbling beneath charging thrash riffage and harsh, dissonant, call-and-response vocal patterns) or the ripping "Vicious Circle Of Life," which sandwiches a surprisingly tuneful guitar solo into its mix of blistering guitar leads, viscerally rumbling bass lines, and double-time drum thudding; or settling down into more restrained and mid-tempo territory (see the meaty, bass-heavy, muscle-bound chug of "Exit Life"), the arrangements always bristle with a crackling intensity.

The set-opening blast, "Dawn Of Decay," with its surprisingly slow and mournful intro followed by a solid, chugging thrash riff, and steady, grumbling, dirty-sounding bass line, is another one of the albums best songs, especially when considering how it picks up substantial speed and momentum, and eventually hits a blistering speed with a ripping thrash groove, buzzsaw guitar crunch, and pounding double bass drums. And the gruesomely-entitled "Leave Your Skin At The Door" is also good enough to qualify as one. The bass tone is extremely thick, murky, and washed-out-sounding in this track, although there is a pleasantly surprising lot of melody that finds its way into the mix, here, when the guitarists rip out a harmonic, Kirk Hammett-styled solo section that is actually quite ripping.

The intentionally comical "I Recommend Amputation," with its interesting, snaking bass lines and punishing, honest-to-god blast beat drumming (that comes thundering through the mix), helps to ensure things stay interesting and brutal. Other notable mentions include "King Of Blood," a blazing, whiplash-inducing thrasher with blistering, biting, Slayer-iffic picking (i.e. riffs and solos), pounding skins, and anthemic vocals; the very hooky gallop (that brings to mind "Slaughter Of The Soul"-era At The Gates) and sneaky, fast, mid-song tempo change (which is complete with a fiery pick slide) of "Die Like A Pig"; and the propulsive introductory drum solo that kicks off the heavily groovy set closer, "Height Of Revelation." And, of course, one must not forget to mention "We'll Always Have The End," another bass-heavy piece. This one features abrasive, angular chugging riffs, and a series of squealing, screaming guitar solos; but it is actually mostly of note for finding the bassist, Stephens, once again getting in on the action. The bass lines that he coughs up, here, are thoroughly pronounced and bottom-heavy, and the dude even gets to lay down some solid, grumbling bass soloing(!).

When considering its crisp production job, tight arrangements, blazing speed, compact songwriting, and potent delivery, the end result is one a darn solid (and even more satisfying) speedster from a band that knows exactly what they want to accomplish, and one that is, more-or-less, firing on all cylinders. And while the sense of same-y soundingness does eventually kick in, meaning there might not be any real classics on tap, here, there are more than a few songs that are well worth your time if you are into thrash, speed metal, raw metalcore, groove metal (even though "H.O.T.W." is not either of the last two mentioned subgenres), and crossover.
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