Friday, 18 December 2009
Master's Hammer - Mantras
'Mantras' is what one would expect Master's Hammer to be in 2010. That is, anyone that can understand the aura that surrounds the band. That is kind of a company of middle aged men, playing the music they are best at and telling stories about the everyday life in the Czech countryside. From a musical point of view this is a summary of everything they have done in the past. The guitars sound like they are shifted from 'Jilemnicky Okultista', the weird electronics are there, reminding that this is a band that could even make almost disco-like parts sound at home with the obscure atmosphere they create. And yes, the tympani they introduced in black metal is here too. The differences between Master's Hammer circa 2010 and the early 90's is perfectly summed up in the excellent reworking of 'Jáma Pekel' that was first featured on their debut and it also appears here. Yes, in the 'pits of hell' with a glass of wine in the hand. I welcome the old friends back.