“Heads down riffs and Destruction-esque vocals abound on the Israeli thrashers’ powerful third album ‘Built For War’. Titles like ‘I Live For This Shit’ and ‘Saturday Circle Pit Fight’ sum up the band’s total-metal attitude. Which we applaud. 8/10”
(Jason Arnopp, Metal Hammer, October 2015 issue).

“‘Rise Of The Hammer’ is crisp, bludgeoning and powerful…’I Live For This Shit’ is an insistent track that begins with a killer riff before the band goes into hyper mode – fast but clean. ‘Ready To Roll’ comes across, atypically, as straightforward metal; 75 miles per hour rather than the obligatory 110mph! ‘Raise Some Hell’ could be Sodom or Destruction. – this is top notch material. ‘Let It Roar’ has an almost latter day Accept feel to it…the music remains forceful and impacting, and the song structures and melodies make this a can’t miss album. 8/10”
(Tony Pijar, Powerplay Magazine, September 2015 issue).

Acclaimed Israeli Thrash Metallers Hammercult, who integrate elements of hardcore, black and death metal plus punk into their own extreme, intoxicating sound, are set to release a brand new EP ‘Legends Never Die’, on SPV/Steamhammer on June 17th.

‘Legends Never Die’ contains unique cover versions of ‘Fast As A Shark’ by Accept, ‘Ace Of Spades’ by Motörhead, ‘Soldiers Of Hell’ by Running Wild, ‘No Rules’ by GG Allin and ‘Evil Has No Boundaries’ by Slayer.

Three of the band’s signature tracks, taken from each of their 3 (SPV released) albums, will also be included with both CD digipak and vinyl versions, in order to ensure that ‘Legends Never Die’ is available at a fan friendly price. Tracks are; ‘Rise Of The Hammer’, from 2015’s ‘Built For War’ album, ‘Steelcrusher’, the title track of the band’s 2014 LP and ‘Let The Angels Burn’ from 2013’s ‘Anthems Of The Damned’ opus.

The provoking cover art for ‘Legends Never Die’ was created by Andreas Marshall, famous for his work with Kreator, Sodom and Blind Guardian.

Leg-End ­ Roland Hyams on 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466

17th May 2016

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“Israel is possibly not exactly the first port of call when it comes to metal but if Hammercult is anything to go by then some of the US and Euro bands ought to watch their step as their second album, ‘Steelcrusher’ is an absolute gem. Like Motorhead fused with Death Angel, the brutality is maintained throughout twelve barnstorming tracks, layer after layer of a frenetic mix of hardcore, punk and metal. The band only formed in 2010 and are at the forefront of a new thrash generation. A band to watch out for and here is a health warning – do not drive with this album in the CD player!” (Lee Vickers, Rock Society Magazine, May / June 2014)

“Although billed as Thrash, Israeli Newcomers Hammercult cram so many black and death metal influences into their sound that its simplest just to label them extreme. Formed in 2010 and winners of the Wacken Metal Battle the following year, the quintet have moved up fast. One listen to their populist potpourri of sounds and it’s easy to see why.”
(Greg Moffit, Metal Hammer, April 2014)

Accomplished Israeli Thrash Metal act Hammercult have lined up the release of their blistering third album, ‘Built For War’, on SPV/Steamhammer, as a CD, Digipak (with bonus DVD), coloured vinyl (with bonus track and printed inner sleeve), plus download, on August 28th. ‘Built For War’ ups the ante even higher than its acclaimed predecessor, ‘Steelcrusher’, integrating ever more extreme elements of hardcore, black metal and punk into Hammercult’s intoxicating thrash concoction.

Vocalist Yakir Von Hammer states that “Every song on the album is the kind of pumping anthem which Hammercult are known for – but this time we’ve taken the songs to different places, with a more melodic and more original approach which really stands out. The vocals on ‘Built For War’ are very unique and range from screams to growls, hardcore shouts to clean vocals – which I honestly believe has never been done before by a single performer. If I had to summarize ‘Built For War’ in a single sentence it would be ‘Destruction meets Manowar in an explosive mix of extreme music and true metal.’”

Regarding album opener ‘Rise Of The Hammer', Yakir comments; “There’s a good reason why we decided to open the album with this song. It’s a total metal powerhouse! A true fist-pumping war anthem. Slower but heavier than most of the Hammercult songs, it feels like storming the battle front, riding a war elephant.” ‘I Live For This Shit’, a kind of leitmotif for the band, comes across just as powerfully. Von Hammer: “This song is about my passion and my way of life. Metal, the road, the roar of the crowd and the strength I get from the people I meet across the world as we spread the war machine known as Hammercult … I live for this shit!”

Unafraid to tackle sensitive issues, Hammercult have never penned a more political, socio-critical lyric than ‘Spoils Of War’. An Israeli born and raised, this song pretty much tells Von Hammer’s life story: “The lyrics are about how we, the people, are misled by political agendas, left and right – which are all the same and at the end of the day serve to fuel the war industry, which is very profitable in the Middle East.”

The 13 razor-sharp metal tunes contained on ‘Built For War’ were written by Von Hammer and guitarist Guy Ben David, and then recorded with band mates Elad Manor (bass), Maayan Henik (drums) and new addition Yuval Kramer (guitar) in Tel Aviv in February 2015. Renowned metal sound engineer Tue Madson, (The Haunted, Heaven Shall Burn, Dark Tranquility, Holy Moses, Moonspell etc) who was enlisted to mix and master ‘Built For War’, perfectly captured the band’s vibrant energy and vitality.

The martial cover artwork courtesy of Péter Sallai (Sabaton, Civil War, Kataklysm) suits the uncompromising sound of the album to a tee. Von Hammer: “The story behind the cover art process was basically my idea to highlight the progression of Hammercult with this album and to present it visually – in the modern world we live in.”

The album comes complete with first-rate bonus material. The DigiPak version includes a live DVD recorded in Tel Aviv two days before the work on ‘Built For War’ commenced. “The best way to listen to Hammercult is live,” Von Hammer says, “on stage is where we really shine, and we wanted to prove that and capture the live energy on stage and bring it to the masses.” In addition, the album’s vinyl version features a cover of the Slayer classic ‘Evil Has No Boundaries’; “During our tour with Sepultura in 2013, the metal community had the news that Jeff Hanneman had passed away. On that day I promised to myself that we would cover Slayer.”

Gun Struck ­ Roland Hyams on 07768 156392 / 020 8677 8466

14th July 2015

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