Tuesday, March 25, 2014

#VancouverMusicians

Hammer Records has started a documentary series all about local Vancouver musicians. We are interviewing everyone we can get our hands on, to talk about the scene and what people think about everything Vancouver. If you have a second, please give it a look and a share! Episodes coming out every Saturday and Wednesday!

Getting Ugly!

Ugly Men have released a new track off their upcoming EP! Give it a listen and stay greasy! These boys are tearing up the scene with their brand of post-prog-metal-rock.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Taking



Within Rust has been on our radar for a while now and they just released a new single "The Taking" and I have to say... I haven't heard music like this coming out of Vancouver. A mix of Metric, The Killers yet with almost some Joe Satriani guitar influence. Their new single is catchy, memorable, sonically interesting and structured perfectly! A definite must see if you have the time!

Check them out on Facebook HERE.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

No End To The War

The Post War's new album is ready to take its permanent place in your CD player! We were invited to their CD release show at the Media Club and had a blast!


No Operator opened the night up. We've been a big fan of these guys since we saw them in Victoria. We're extremely glad to see Rednyne helping them build their Vancouver fan base. Their set this night was extremely tight and their new songs are amazing pieces of music. Keep your eyes glued to this band! There will be big things in their future!
www.facebook.com/nooperator


Season To Attack took the stage next and played an extremely tight set as well. A mix of Pop/Rock/Punk made their set very diverse, dynamic and never boring! Great crowd interaction and some comedic relief made sure there were no dull moments between songs either. It was great seeing the rest of the band singing backup vocals as well, which made the songs sound huge!
www.facebook.com/seasontoattack


Ugly Men changed things around with their progressive punk alternative rock. Meshing a ton of genres together to create this wall of sound that takes you on a journey from start to finish! This is band that you have to see live to understand. Scott Whalen's bass sounds like a demon from hell, Jonathan Wu's guitar fits perfectly on top, like tanks storming a city, all while tied together with Phil Gardner's explosive drums!
www.facebook.com/uglymenmusic


Last but not least was the main act, The Post War. I've only heard them live a few times and this was the best they've sounded yet! Great dynamics in the vocals, with the perfect amount of grit. All the tracks sounded polished and just plain huge. If you have a chance, do your self a favour and grab their new album!
www.facebook.com/thepostwar

Blurry!

St. Patty's day is coming up and we wanted to write a party song for the occasion! So heres a pop/party/dance track! Please share this original content and party it up this weekend and next... and well why not EVERY WEEKEND!

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Post War - Impulse

Fox Seeds winners The Post War have just released a new single along with an amazing video! Check it out and share it! Its awesome seeing Vancouver musicians releasing songs with this quality of work!

Friday, February 28, 2014

Crushing The Commodore ft. Children of Bodom

Live Nation gave us here at Hammer Records the opportunity to cover the Children of Bodom ft. Death Angel and Tyr show on Tuesday night at The Commodore Ballroom. It'd been a while since we've attended a metal show of that magnitude, and were excited to finally break in our new camera lens at such an incredible venue. Needless to say, the night went well. James manned the camera this time, and I sat back and took in each set in their entirety, capturing an epic story written with musical instruments.


First up was Tyr. A driving Heavy Metal/ Power Metal band from the Faroe Islands. Their set was filled with melodic, ample tunes. I often find that in a long set of music, songs tend to bleed into one another, and become stale as they progress. Tyr, however, did not hesitate to produce well structured, catchy, heavy hitting songs that each had a unique sound to them. The use of multi-vocalists helped the vocals clearly cut through the driving, hefty instrumentals laid out by both guitars, bass, and drums. Though they mostly remained locked to their mic stands, their stage presence still stood out, accompanied by some light headbanging and flashy tap solos. There was certainly a large group of dedicated Tyr fans in the audience from the beginning of the set onwards, though by the end of their set, everyone on the floor was into what they were laying down. Over all, a great performance. One I'd look forward to seeing again in the future. Check out TYR on their Facebook HERE!



Next to hit the stage was my favourite band of the night, Death Angel. This Thrash Metal band from Bay Area, California won my appreciation with their epic stage presence, driving charisma, thick hollow drum and bass sounds which were super tight rhythmically, and fearless riffs and licks. Having not heard much of their music before the show, I wasn't exactly sure if their sound was something I'd be particularly into. Turns out, as I mentioned previously, they were my favourite band of the night. The members of this band appeared to be great friends, and looked like they were having a blast on stage together throughout the whole set. The lead singer also extended a cheers to the audience with his bottle of Bombay, welcomed new listeners of their music, and told the audience about when they as a band fell in love with Vancouver - 1987. All in all, this is a band I'd love to see live again, and will definitely be picking up their album in the future. Check out Death Angel on Facebook HERE!


Last, and the heaviest band of the night was who everyone was there to see - Children of Bodom. Now, this is a band that's been around the block for a long time, and it shows. Their showmanship was spot on from the very first song. Their entire sound was so thick and heavy. They were melodic, intense, and dramatic. The vocals soared above in most songs, the riffs were fleshy and full of substance, the bass and drums were super tight and the keys really helped fill out the whole sound and added a dynamic of their own. Before the set, between each song, and at the end of the night, Children of Bodom had fans chanting their name - and I bet it felt great! The energy in the venue was infectious. Band members and fans alike seemed to be having the best time of their lives. If you're reading this, I'm assuming you already have Children of Bodom "liked" on Facebook, but on the off chance you don't, check them out HERE!

If you'd like to see more photos from the night, hit up our Facebook page HERE, or follow the link below.
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