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Hammers of Misfortune

Originally called Unholy Cadaver, Hammers of Misfortune is a bold and fiercely independent San Francisco quartet featuring former and current members of Osgood Slaughter, Stone Fox, Slough Feg, Ludicra, Gwar, L7, Big Meat Combo, Auntie Christ, Thunder Chimp, Jackson Saints, and Iron Cemetery. Bold and fiercely independent how? In the way their music bucks any and all established musical conventions. OK, these guys play extremely dark stuff, violently so. But that's about as close as you can come to putting a genre heading on it. Hammers of Misfortune borrow from various forms of metal -- Scandinavian black metal perhaps more than anything else, but also from speed and industrial metal -- as well as heavy goth rock, prog rock, creepy dark ambient, and even Celtic folk rock. The obvious similar band reference is Neurosis, who incorporate a lot of similar influences, but Hammers of Misfortune is pretty different, perhaps most noticeably in their considerable theatricality, which recalls the Swans to some degree. These are incredibly talented musicians with a truly unique vision. The band's first album, The Bastard, came out in early 2001.

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