(In this post TheMadIsraeli enthusiastically reviews the new, second album by Pennsylvania’s Fisthammer.)
Now this is some no fucking mercy shit right here. Fisthammer (dat name) play some no-nonsense, frigid, piercing, putrid death metal. Calling to mind Carcass, Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Hate Eternal, Immolation, some old At the Gates, and Origin, their sophomore album Infallible is indeed, for lack of a better term, infallible. This Downingtown, PA threesome are a death metal titan to be reckoned with. Summoning all that is sinister and alien, Fisthammer’s sound is that of third-world torture, absolute fucking carnage laid bare with explosive fury. The riffs are tasty, the vocals putrid and waste-covered, the drumming unrelenting, technical and filled with detail. Combine this with progressive tendencies, and Infallible may find itself as a first candidate for defining albums of 2014.
The first bit of physical abuse comes in the rather proggy opener “Arithmos Tou Therou”. Eerie chords, tremolo-picked on classical guitars, ring in, before the introduction of a riff that sounds like a funeral procession. The drawn-out intro sets the tone perfectly, before Fisthammer assault you with a blistering volley of tremolo-picked guitar interplay. The guitar work is pronounced yet intricate and shows an insane level of sophistication. Guitarist and vocalist Max Svalgard has the gift of the riff, on top of his bestial roars from hell itself, driving the music.
The methodical yet savage nature of the opener soon proves itself only a warm up though, because the flesh-tearing whirlwind of “Evoking the Wrath of the Revenants” takes no prisoners. With jarring transitions, riffs born from the mind of an otherworldly being, and a complete disregard for breathing room, this is where Fisthammer truly introduce themselves.
You know, I often have a scathing cynicism when it comes to new talent in death metal. So much of it is the same tired stuff, or it’s written badly, or it’s both. Fisthammer suffer from neither problem and, dare I say it, Infallible is a perfect album from front to back. I haven’t felt this excited for a newer death metal band in FOREVER.
Absolutely killer, 10/10, throw money at them please.