One man (Andrew James of Edmonton’s Eye of Horus’ and Shotgunner) folk/viking metal band North Hammer will release Stormcaller, the debut release on March 16th 2018. An album that draws inspiration from the mighty Quorthon.
Kicking off with a heavily atmospheric track, Avatar is a fist-pumping, galloping rhythmic opener that shows that the riff is king here. The fast pace mixed with the folk-hooks makes for a catchy opener. The folk elements are more prominent on Wanderer, a thrilling track with nice melodies & blackened metal screeching vocals.
North Hammer’s influences are fairly obvious but it doesn’t stop Stormcaller being a pulse-pounding album. Lots of singular elements that sit alongside heart-warming riffs. Such as the keyboards in Written in the Stars, the rolling drum beat of Magic Mead, the soft melody that crops up in A Soldier’s Song & the shouty vocal rhythm of North Hammer.
All that being said, what really stands out in Stormcaller are the riffs. Andrew James pulls of some stellar work here, catchy & exciting with each song standing strongly on its own. The blend of folk melody & heavier death-metal sounds great.
Lion’s Winter ends things with a crunching beat, roaring vocals & a final intense level of riffing that leaves a big smile on the face.
North Hammer – Stormcaller Full Track Listing:
3. Written in the Stars
4. Magic Mead
5. Tip of the Spear
6. A Soldier’s Song
7. Black Forest Rain
9. North Hammer
10. Lion’s Winter
North Hammer - Stormcaller (Self Released)
The Final Score - 9/10