Hammer of the Witch


Ringworm Hammer of the Witch (Relapse)

Imagine a band as unrelentingly brutal as Ringworm sticking around for a quarter of a century. Hammer of the Witch stains the earth more than 20 years after the Cleveland quartet's debut LP The Promise, and the band's metallic hardcore has only become fiercer since then. Longtime leader Human Furnace roars like a death head whose beer just ran out, while shredding amp fryer Matt Sorg and pedal-abusing kit destroyer Danny Zink ram bottle rockets up his nether regions. Bassist Ed Stephens holds on for dear life. "Vicious Circle of Life," "I Recommend Amputation," and "Leave Your Skin at the Door" dominate, but "One of Us Is Going to Have to Die" and "Psychic Vampire" boast their share of chugging hooks. The hammer comes down. Hard. (Sat., 1:30pm, Midway Field House)


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