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5.0 out of 5 stars Ringworm - hammer of the witch, 23 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Hammer Of The Witch (Audio CD)
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.

The self-titled song was the first music heard from this album, and whilst its exactly what you would expect, it’s also probably the most music-by-numbers song on the album. I actually ripped the song from YouTube into a .mp4 file and put it on my iPod, so I could listen to it, you know, without a computer. And whilst it might seem ‘all the same’ to some, I wouldn’t expect anything less from Ringworm. Hammer… has a lot of switching when it comes to introducing groove here and there but all the same it keeps its hardcore elements firmly rooted in the core.

“Leave Your Skin At The Door” has this really thick bass line intro, and with the guitar and drums entering in every so often, it doesn’t take long for this song to go full throttle. Another tune to highlight is “Die Like A Pig” which is, again, just in your face aggression.

As far as 2014′s standards go, being in the third month already, I’d say that Ringworm’s Hammer… is an album that could fit in nicely anywhere in my releases, though I’d keep it much near my heavier end as this is definitely a heavy as balls album. It’s fast, aggressive, and to the point. It doesn’t take time to get to its point as its there already, and then onto the next track.

Overall: Hammer of The Witch is an incredibly “tight” album which fizzes with a certain amount of intensity the whole way through the album. I’ll agree with another review I read which I said that it “feels like a collection of songs – good songs! – rather than an album” and I wholly agree with that statement. Ringworm are never going to release a concept album, so it’s likely you’ll get a collection of songs. It’s definitely going to take me a ton more listens to determine whether or not this can unseat Behemoth from the top spot, but you never know.
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