This week the Hammer team have been melting into their desks due to this ungodly heat. But before we turned into an amorphous denim-clad flesh jelly we chose the best tracks we've heard this week.
Sólstafir - Ótta
Icelandic melancholy post-metal full of passion and emotion - as bleak as it is inspirational. And who can deny a banjo?
Mastodon - Motherload
Possibly the biggest chorus you’ll hear this summer from a band still on top of their game. Their UK tour is going to be seven shades of bonkers.
Opeth - Cusp Of Eternity
Still heading into proggier territory, this is taken from Opeth’s incredible upcoming album Pale Communion that we can’t recommend enough. Seriously.
Rough Hands - Nothing’s Changed
Just under three minutes of strained-vocalled aggression from one of the brightest lights in the British hardcore scene.
Killer Be Killed - I.E.D
Unrelenting pounding energy and chaos from the Mastodon/Dillinger Escape Plan/Soufly/The Mars Volta supergroup. What more could you want?
King 810 - Desperate Lovers
The new kids on the block who’ve travelled from the wrong side of town are gearing up to release their Roadrunner debut next month. This is just a taster of the violence.
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
If you don’t know and love this song then we can’t help you. Sorry.
Upon A Burning Body - Scars
Now UABB have ‘found’ their band members again, they’ve released this new lyric vid from the upcoming album. Nothing but fist-pumping chaos to break windows to.
By Definition - Warrior
You might not know these guys but this chuggy headbangathon is one to stick on if you ever feel like driving a Harley into the sun.
Betraying The Martyrs - Let It Go
It doesn’t matter who you are, you have to admit that Disney can write some catchy songs. And when a metal band can cover it and do it justice the result is pretty fucking good.