7 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

San Francisco's premier power-metal unit, Hammers of Misfortune delivered this fourth album in 2008. The band's first offering since a major lineup change (specifically the departure of original guitarist and founding member Mike Scalzi) Fields is one half of two separate concept records released simultaneously, the titular Fields and Church of Broken Glass. Moving even deeper into prog-metal territory here, the album opens with a keyboard-driven piece; throughout, the galloping Maiden-inspired twin guitar attack Hammers made their name with is reined in and, to powerful effect, unleashed with extreme prejudice. Hallmarks of the group's sound, however — namely male and female vocal parts, a strong classic-rock feel, and consistently stunning guitar work remain. The ghosts of both ZZ Top and Deep Purple emerge during "Rats Assembly" and guitarist John Cobbett proves he can stand his ground minus Scalzi's presence on next song, "Always Looking Down" and closer "Too Soon."

EDITORS’ NOTES

San Francisco's premier power-metal unit, Hammers of Misfortune delivered this fourth album in 2008. The band's first offering since a major lineup change (specifically the departure of original guitarist and founding member Mike Scalzi) Fields is one half of two separate concept records released simultaneously, the titular Fields and Church of Broken Glass. Moving even deeper into prog-metal territory here, the album opens with a keyboard-driven piece; throughout, the galloping Maiden-inspired twin guitar attack Hammers made their name with is reined in and, to powerful effect, unleashed with extreme prejudice. Hallmarks of the group's sound, however — namely male and female vocal parts, a strong classic-rock feel, and consistently stunning guitar work remain. The ghosts of both ZZ Top and Deep Purple emerge during "Rats Assembly" and guitarist John Cobbett proves he can stand his ground minus Scalzi's presence on next song, "Always Looking Down" and closer "Too Soon."

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Ratings and Reviews

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Mikosan ,

Hammers-Prog Powerhouse

First off lets just get this out of the way right now: neither of the new albums are really metal. This is progressive rock, and Hammers make no apologies, nor should they. It has taken many spins for me to come to grips with the new line-up and overall mellowing of the sound. Mike Scalzi has no bigger fan than myself and he is missed here no doubt, though Mr. Goodwin is adequate. Anyway these are some great tunes, namely Fields, Always Looking Down, and Too Soon. It is HoM only proggier, just deal with it.

J Defool ,

Prog and loving it

This prog rock at its best, Eight minute songs, Epic story lines, Great instrumental breaks, Songs segueing into the next song. Complex arrangements. Its all here. and I've been playing it start to finish for the last two days.

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