- Artist: Hammers Of Misfortune
- Label: Metal Blade
- UPC: 039842500713
- Genre: Progressive Rock
- Release Date: 2016
On their fifth album, San Francisco progressive metal band Hammers of Misfortune ditch their penchant for overblown concepts, get a new vocalist, and focus on 50 minutes of old-school riffing that could appeal to fans of titans like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.
Hammers of Misfortune's fifth album, 17th Street, is a song cycle about "loss and endings," though it sounds like a series of new beginnings. For starters, guitarist/lyricist/songwriter John Cobbett-- of recently disbanded SF black metal group Ludicra and onetime member of comrades-in-classic-metal/sister band Slough Feg-- has again retooled his rotating cast: Longtime drummer Chewy Marzolo returns, as do more recent additions Sigrid Sheie (organ) and Max Barnett (bass), but this is the first HoM album to feature guitarist Leila Abdul-Rauf (Saros, Amber Asylum, Vastum) and power-piped vocalist Joe Hutton (the Worship of Silence).
Hammers Of Misfortune - 17th Street (2 LP) (vinyl)