|Black Metal, Thrash Metal
Hells Headbangers (2010), Metal Blood Music
2002 / 2010
Release length: 25:56
At first glance, the album is just one of those that you can quickly write off and just another Blackened Thrash act that doesn’t really bring anything that great to the table. However, the more you listen, and the further you get into the album, it becomes clear that there is more at play here. While the production on the album is lacking a little bit, giving it a rather raw sound that works with and against the album. The best way to explain it would be that the material found on this release is a very punishing sound that is enhanced by the raw production, giving the music a production quality very fitting to it’s early first wave Black Metal inspiractions like Venom. The only problem is that the quality could have been a little better and hinders the vocals greatly, as well as leaves the guitars feeling a bit hollow, which in the end does become somewhat boring.
Christcrushing Hammerchainsaw does start off a bit rocky, with “Bestial Warfare” and “Suicide Blasphemy” being great tracks, but nowhere near the best that this recording has to offer. It only starts to pick up around “Bestial Satanic Sacrifice” where the music starts to become a little more intense and of jus trying to sound ferocious from the start. From this point you get a mix of these two elements, but it all still pretty much stays within a specific set pattern with more influence from the old school sound being drawn in, which becomes blatently obvious when you hit the catchy Black Metal-based “Raise the Chalice”. This is great, but it’s the more Thrash oriented “Chainsaw Inkernated” that will have you throwing your devil horns in the air thanks to it’s intensity that doesn’t go too over the top in a small amount of time, plus the chainsaw sound effects really help brighten the song in a very entertaining way for the listener. And yes, these effects do appear in the title track “Christcrushing Hammerchainsaw”, which is another great song.
If you have the original pressing of the release, there really is no other reason to purchase this release again, but if you haven’t obtained it then this is your chance. The only difference to the original pressing would be the different artwork included. Well, that and the drastically reduced price that those die hards would be willing to pay to get this before the reissue was announced, and even when it was and the fans were unaware.
But, either way, Christcrushing Hammerchainsaw is a very entertaining album for what it is, even if some of the shorter songs on here seem to try to do too much all at once. The more impressive tracks on this one seem to all revolve around chainsaws in one way, shape or form, which is always a little comical for this type of release, but tracks like “Warfuck” and “Final Attack” really work well with the bands sound and will have you going back for repeat listens. If you’re into the whole “kvlt” type thing and find low-quality recordings to be the greatest thing in the world, then Christcrushing Hammerchainsaw is going to be right up your alley, but if not, this release’s magic could very well start to wear out from one day given it’s very short play time of just under twenty six minutes and the possibility of how many repeat spins can be done in a twenty four hour time span. Either way, this one is worth your time to check out, but definitely something that some pallets will need to sample before buying.
01. Bestial Warfare – 1:38
02. Suicide Blasphemy – 2:58
03. Bestial Satanic Sacrifice – 1:59
04. Crucified In Dirt – 2:24
05. Warfuck – 2:12
06. Morbid Invertation – 2:30
07. Chainsaw Inkarnated – 4:02
08. Raise the Chalice – 2:57
09. Christcrushing Hammerchainsaw – 2:28
10. Final Attack – 2:48
|Overall Score: 5.5/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by Hell’s Headbangers.