Master’s Hammer is a Czech Black Metal/ Experimental band that has been around since the 80’s. Not only should we respect the fact that they’ve been active for twenty seven years, but also the fact that the band releases the music that they want to, with no compromise. For that they have their own label named “Jihosound Records”. Well, I should admit that I have a fondness for bands from Eastern Europe, as I’m fascinated with the region. I just love the history, landscapes, architecture, legends… I digress… back to Master’s Hammer. The band has released six full-length albums and countless compilations, splits, demo, etc. Now, in 2014, we can listen to their new album named “Vagus Vetus”. Before I let you know my thoughts, here’s what the band has to say about “Vagus Vetus”:
“An imaginary old wanderer (vagus vetus) journeys through an unfamiliar labyrinth and there’s nothing good waiting for him. Disgusted with progress and modernity of all kinds, he enjoys listening to aeolian harps and sounds of postmortal flatulence. He finds his consolation in hedonic experiences of natural origin. The phraseology of extreme metal, though already pitiful and worn-out, is good enough to express the urgency of these topics.”
First of all, as an opinion only, and we all are allowed to have one, I don’t agree with the band’s vision that the phraseology of extreme metal is pitiful and worn-out. There are several bands out there playing interesting music, creating new sounds and keeping extreme metal interesting and alive, but, as I said, this is just an opinion, my view.
This is a great album. The band might be without hopes for the extreme metal scene, but they don’t really show this on this album. The atmosphere feels excellent. I personally love how the Czech language sounds when singing. The vocals are those that you are familiar with (if you’re already a fan), but I’ll explain, they’re a very particular black metal vocals, very different. But, also, the album is filled with those unique clean vocals that I personally love to death, you need to listen to them, there’s no way to explain how they sound. The guitar work is also another aspect that I wanted to talk about, they are very pleasing. There are also many offbeat/ distinctive musical elements as well in the songs which turn Vagus Vetus into an even more uncommon album. The whole album is very diverse and pleasant, but it’s not for everyone. I think that some might feel that this album feels a bit mechanical, if you get what I mean. I admit that I can’t explain this better, but, in my humble opinion, I wouldn’t agree. I think that this album is superb and filled with emotions.
To conclude this review, I’m doing what I always do, to ask you, please, to help the bands the way you can, be it about promoting them on the social network of your choice, telling your friends about them, buying the albums when you’re able to and attend the concerts when you can as well and if the band plays live. From all the years I’ve been involved with interviewing bands, reviewing, promoting and playing their music on podcasts, I’ve seen how hard it is to keep a band alive and if we help, it might be just a bit less difficult.
I wish you all a good day.
Band: Master’s Hammer
Album: Vagus Vetus (2014)
Label: Jihosound Records
1. αιολος I.
4. V aiolských harfách
8. Na kanibalských jatkách
10. Zvířecí zvuky
12. Pod vrstvou prachu
14. αιολος II.
Master’s Hammer is:
Franta Štorm – Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Drums
Necrocock – Guitars
Silenthell – Timpani
Official Homepage: http://www.mastershammer.com/
All photos belong to their rightful owners.July 10, 2014