Hammers of Misfortune: The Bastard
Hammers of Misfortune: The Bastard
Artist Hammers of Misfortune
Album The Bastard
Label tUMULt
Released 3/2/2004
Hammers Of Misfortune, have created an epic and complex story (told in three acts with three distinct characters/voices) with an equally epic and complex soundtrack that combines melodic power metal, buzzing black metal, and haunting folk, as well as elements of prog and classical.

The three, stringed-instrument-wielding members of the band share the vocal duties, Janis is the CHAOS GODDESS, Mike is the BASTARD, and half owl/half human frontman John is the TYRANT... Three utterly unique, intertwining vocal parts tell the story of the BASTARD: A forgotten CHAOS GODDESS angry that she has not received a blood sacrifice in 7.000 years convinces the BASTARD that he is human, and that he has been left to die in the forest by the TYRANT. The only way to free himself is to rescue the BLOOD-AX from the underworld and slay the TYRANT. But is he really human, or merely an unwitting pawn, made from "wood, wind and stone", tricked into doing the forest's bidding?

The whole story is beautifully rendered in a 24-page booklet that includes the liberetto as well as beautiful wood-cut style illustrations. Imagine a mixture of Cradle Of Filth and Blind Guardian, Slough Feg and Opeth, Iron Maiden and seventies British psych-folk combo Comus, or early Ulver and Mercyful Fate. It's that eclectic, that classic, that amazing.