Pagan Hammer
Ode To My fathers


3.5
great

Review

by BallsToTheWall USER (231 Reviews)
October 22nd, 2014 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: No summary necessary.

It's been a turbulent time for America lately but have no fear because Pagan Hammer is here. Hailing from Sanford, North Carolina, Kurt Ailerson, the one man tour de force behind Pagan Hammer, has picked up the American flag, equipped his Kodiak bear cavalry with daedric armor and supersonic twin cannons and begun full sprinting to the metaphorical battlefield of doom with electromagnetic USA flag painted cannonballs being shot directly towards the draugr horde that lies ahead. The release that I will be covering from this band today is a 2008 three track EP called Ode to my Fathers.

In terms of sound, Pagan Hammer opt for a traditional and delicious baked apple pie approach. Production is gritty without sounding like some white rice gringo producing ***ty DSBM in his grandmother's basement. The droning atmosphere of the EP sounds akin to Forest's Like A Blaze Above Ashes but not quite as full or piercing. The songwriting doesn't offer much in variation as you will find no acoustic interludes, pan flute solos, space ambient synth darkness or haunting female vox here but for all these limitations Pagan Hammer have a lot to offer. The music heavily emphasizes on droning but catchy riff patterns, trem picks, one heroically George Washingtonian guitar solo, upbeat rhythms and a fixed tempo to compliment the musty, hoarse screams in the background that come off sounding neither weak nor obnoxious.


Once glance at the song-titles and you'll think Pagan Hammer is the Manowar of black metal. I couldn't blame you for thinking that with the triumphant Murican atmosphere permeating through the speakers and all. That and because one of the tracks here is called Die With Honor which incidentally is the most epic track here. You won't hear any moaning women or motorcycle soundbites but what you will hear is compelling unabashed riffitude gift wrapped in pride and defiance. This is as barebones and as orthodox as black metal can get but god damn does this rule. I, Balls To The Wall, hereby reccomend this album to all lovers of black metal, PBR and WWF lingerie matches.



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PiedradeLuna
October 22nd 2014


233 Comments


Will check it out. As always Balls, well written and humorous. You have quite the knack for that.

BallsToTheWall
October 22nd 2014


49310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you sirs. The M/ lives in all of us.

Digging: T.S.O.L. - Dance With Me

Relinquished
October 22nd 2014


38957 Comments


i'm pretty faded now and this is fucking amazing

BallsToTheWall
October 22nd 2014


49310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzsRNmT8_yE



Bringing the norse thunder in 2011....this time with grandpa guitars but m/ nonetheless. Mind as well start calling this band Manohammer.

rufinthefury
October 22nd 2014


3088 Comments


Could it finally be? A band that took my shitty idea and made it reality?

http://i.imgur.com/D7R4xcu.jpg

PiedradeLuna
October 22nd 2014


233 Comments


Gave the EP a listen just now and really digging it. Like the guitar tone, has a definite crunch to it.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
October 22nd 2014


11660 Comments


sweet rev, will check

Digging: Windswept - The Onlooker

BallsToTheWall
October 23rd 2014


49310 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

George Washingtoncore



@Rufin that is exactly what the world needs. Revolutionary black metal.



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