Die by the Axe LP
Hamilton has a bit of a reputation of bringing out some of the best and heaviest rock music this country has to offer. Whether that’s breakthrough four piece Devilskin, the rock and roll kings of H-Town, The Datsuns or the hardcore heroes of Hamtown Smackdown, Hamilton knows heavy. Lining up in this tradition is Hamilton heavy metalers, Deathnir (pronounced Death-near), who after strong showings in the Battle of the Bands comp have arrived with their first full length album. It’s true to the traditions of riff heavy metal and varied enough to draw in rock fans across genres.
Opening track, The Summoning, displays Deathnir’s skill for rocking lead breaks and guitar driven traditional metal. Yes, there are Satanic references, yes there are references to killing and dragons and all that has stood on the shoulders of metal gone before. And that’s just the opening track. Guitarist and vocalist Andrew Carter growls out his lyrics with the best of them. The tempos change up too with tracks like Never Go filled with thrashing drums, while The Void is almost delicate in its introduction and maintains a ballad feel even when the distortion kicks in.
For all those sludgy nights at Biddys where these guys were onstage, getting their chops down and honing songs, this album is a real testament to their hard work. Hp