Saturday 2 December 2017

Lump Hammer - S/T (EP Review)

Release date: December 02nd 2017. Label: Inverted Grim Mill Recordings. Format: CD/DD

Lump Hammer – S/T – Tracklisting

Party Time
Stacey Dooley
Love Song


Kevin Rajiah - Guitar
Tim Croft - Drums
James Watts - Vocals


Lump Hammer are from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. My home town. This is a band who I've seen multiple times over the last few years and I was excited to receive this new EP from the band. The self titled EP contains 4 tracks and runs for under 23 minutes.

Now the hardest thing to describe about Lump Hammer is their actual sound. The band play a twisted kind of Noise Rock, Doom Metal, Sludge Metal and Industrial Metal. This EP isn't the best produced sound you'll ever likely encounter. Though that's not the point as Lump Hammer are pure chaos and play the fuck whatever first comes into their heads.

Opening track – Party Time – is a noise rock/experimental/doom/sludge metal punch up of angry reckless and huge ugly sounds. And it's even more brilliant as a result. Two minutes of pissed-off vocals will soon get you in the mood.

Second track – Stacey Dooley – is where Lump Hammer try to do the “professional” song-writing thing as they create a Melvins style sonic/noise rock odyssey. Very slow burning at times but highly intriguing at the same time. The music is very down-tempo with the doom/sludge/noise riffs making the mood slightly awkward and downright depressing at times. Yeah the song is ugly but you can't turn away as Lump Hammer bring your twisted nightmares to life.

Third track – Intruder – is back to the more faster sludge/doom/punk riffs heard on the opening track. This song still carries on the nightmarish vibe of the previous two songs. However the band try their hand at a standard Sludge Rock sound. The industrial sounds allows Lump Hammer to bring a more menacing Doom Metal approach to their music.

Fourth track – Love Song – starts off really slow with drone/doom atmosphere for the first few moments of the song. The song really kicks off around the 4th minute when the Sludge/Industrial riffs appear and all HELL BREAKS LOOSE. As Lump Hammer blends their nightmarish Sludge/Doom/Industrial sounds against a sombre drone/ambient instrumental piece. This is perhaps the best song on the EP as it shows how inventive and Lump Hammer can really be. I would love to hear the band play this style of music more on future records.

If you ever see Lump Hammer live on stage then be prepared to see something wholly different and original. These guys are very hard to define and this EP struggles to capture their brilliant live stage presence. Though as an introduction to the band, Lump Hammer's self titled EP is work of twisted and dark genius. Especially if you're into Experimental Doom/Sludge Metal.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe