Thursday, February 28, 2013


BLOODY HAMMER - S/T 12" (Hardcore Victim)
I like Oi!, even if I think most Oi! bands suck. The task is, not to drift into something cheesy, while keeping it primtive and catchy. Bloody Hammer are a good example, how Oi! music functions very well. They are featuring members of Pisschrist, Kromosom and Straight Jacket Nation and this five-piece from Melbourne is heavily influenced by British bands from the early 80s. The record is filled with obvious links to Blitz, The Business, The Oppressed, Cock Sparrer and Stiff Little Fingers. All songs are based on plenty of great melodies, driving bass lines and catchy guitar riffs. The vocals are super throaty. Plus they often use brilliant sing-alongs, in order to underline their classic Oi! vibe. On the other hand this 12" also captures the heavyness of hardcore. While listening to the songs it becomes clear, that's it made by people, who are usually playing in hardcore bands, even if they keep it all midtempo. That's why Blood Hammer are comparable to other current Oi! bands like Criminal Damage from Portland or Battle Ruins from Boston. So if you're looking for some fresh, non-painful Oi!, this ones for you!  (Listen to it here)