Master's Hammer - FormulaeWell, it’s finally here. After months of harassment by many of our more aggressive commenters, my review of the newest Master’s Hammer record has arrived. Had we received the promo back in May, this TYMHM article would have been a full review. But, just the same, I was more than a little excited to get my hands on Formulæ. And was beyond myself when I received it from Štorm himself. But, how does it stack up against the band’s already stellar back-catalog?

Well, for the most part, it’s pretty fucking good. Which is really no surprise. What is a surprise is that I enjoy it even more than Root‘s Kärgeräs – Return from Oblivion. Root may have dropped an exciting “comeback” album this year, but Formulæ is proof that Master’s Hammer is the more consistent of the two Czech groups.  Still, don’t expect Formulæ to top the amazing Jilemnický okultista or The Jilemnice OccultistNeverthless, Formulæ proves that, even after thirty years, Master’s Hammer continues to create exciting and compelling music.

In general, for those that don’t know the band, Master’s Hammer writes Root-meets-Samael experimental black metal. Which means that’s weird as fuck and has no right being as badass as it is. Be it the straightforward thrash riffs of “Ukolébavka,” the Abbath/Vorph vox of “Den nicoty,” or the weird synths of “Maso z kosmu,” Master’s Hammer are pros at what they do and pros at producing songs filled to the brim with combinations of bizarre elements. Like, “what the fuck is this?” bizarre. But, for fans of the band, the circus-y synths and industrial keys will be music to your ears.

Master's Hammer 2016

It’s not so much the individual elements that make the music bizarre, but rather, the arrangement of these elements. The result is a bizarro world only Master’s Hammer can create. “Všem jebne” steals a riff straight from Rammstein“Durga chce pít” uses female vox and the eerie atmospheres of The Vision Bleak, and “Rurální dobro” unleashes some of the most beautiful guitar work the band has ever penned. Chuck in a xylophone on “Biologické hodiny” and spacey synths on “Jazyky” and still, this shit works! “Rurální dobro,” in particular, is an absolute mindfuck. At first, it soothes your soul with acoustic-guitar licks before thrashing you around like a croc’s prey. Formulæ sounds all over the place, but that’s what makes Master’s Hammer so special. Somehow, they are able to mix all this crazy, randomness together to make rounded, well-executed songs.

Unfortunately, the length and production harm Formulæ. These guys may be pros at hour-long epics but for some reason, these fifteen tracks feel too long. Thankfully, the record’s high points makes the low points easy to hurdle. The production though, weakens the overall effect of the record. Its DR5 score doesn’t appear to be a major issue, but the amount of clipping on the disc is remarkable. And not in a good way. Still, I love this album. It may never reach the peak attained by Jilemnický, but it’s still great. Fans and newbies alike should give this Hammer a try.

Tracks to Check Out: “Den nicoty,” “Všem jebne,” “Rurální dobro,” and “Aya”

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  • dedseed1

    With 9 days of the year left, I’m holding onto the hope that Ironshore from Oni will be a TYMHM feature. Definitely in my top 5 of 2016.

  • Carlos Marrickvillian

    Is a masters hammer better than a banhammer?

    • Monsterth Goatom

      In light of the season, I call for a temporary hammerban.

  • Monsterth Goatom

    Wait…. Is that a band photo, or a rare sighting of AMG and Steel Druhm?

    • We’re much younger and better looking.

      • hubcapiv

        One of the rare times when the band would be better off with a unicorn picture.

  • Alexandre Barata

    FINALLY! Yep I agree, it’s a great, strange album, with fucked up production, but meh who cares, the songs are still great. I agree on it being a bit too long, but overall it is a very dark circus album!

    • Alexandre Barata

      Also I listen to a lot of Rammstein feat. Emir Kusturica all over the album. And Ich likes it!

    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      So, you mostly approve!! Excellent. And sorry for the wait. Once I knew the wait was going to happen, I had to make it worse and wait longer.

  • Diego Molero

    Hammer King
    Hammer Fight
    Hammers of Misfortune
    Hammer of the Gods
    Bloody Hammers
    Body Hammer
    Master’s Hammer
    Immortal Hammer

    And those are just the bands I know…

    • PanzerFistDominatrix

      Albeit the band name contains no hammer reference, they’ve got plenty of hammer-themed song titles… into glory ride we must with -the OGs of hammer metal. Unless you’re a poser of course, then you can just leave the hall.

      • Diego Molero

        Oh, I know man. Don’t even let me begin with album and songs names with “Hammer” on the title. The list would go on for forever.

  • Eli Valcik

    Anyone here manage to listen to S/T by Phobonoid, defiantly something to check out if you like sci-fi Doom. Could totally be a TYMHM

  • The Unicorn

    the fuck did I just hear??

  • For years because the people at JL America were dumbasses (despite releasing some amazing shit along with all the fecal matter they crapped into the scene) I thought the album was called The Filemnice Occultist.


    • Dr. A.N. Grier

      Holy shit…

  • jersey devil

    Computer noises? I couldn’t get past the first 2 seconds.