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2 stars "Hammerfight" is an EP release (and the debut release) by US black metal act Cobalt. The EP was originally self-released in 2002 but was re-released by Pestifer Records in May 2003. On this release Cobalt is a two-piece act consisting of Erik Wunder who handles drums, vocals, bass and guitar and Phil McSorley who handles vocals and guitar.

The music on the 4 track, 21:48 minutes long EP is raw and quite noisy lo-fi produced black metal. The musicanship is pretty good and especially the predominantly blasting drums are really well played. Weīre talking a really, really raw release here which is best examplified by the extremely distorted and aggressive raspy vocals. Itīs so and so with the innovation and the quality of the songwriting but fans of really extreme black metal should have a blast with this.

"Hammerfight" is quite different sounding compared to the later more post-metal infuced black metal releases by Cobalt and itīs different when it comes to the quality of the release too compared to later releases. The lo-fi sound quality and rehearsal room atmosphere of the release are not assets which make "Hammerfight" a great release. Some black metal releases can get away with underproduced productions, and some even prosper from such a production, but "Hammerfight" just sounds a bit amaturish. Itīs distorted and noisy, and the material a bit too monotone too. A 2 star (40%) rating is warranted.

UMUR | 2/5 |


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