Hammerlord is (L to R):  J.P. Gaughan, Ty Scott, Terry Taylor, Stevie Cruz and Lord Adam Mitchell

Hammerlord is (L to R): J.P. Gaughan, Ty Scott, Terry Taylor, Stevie Cruz and Lord Adam Mitchell

It's so hard to tell what's metal these days. Ever since Metallica took its eyes off the prize and Limp Bizkit made us all exclaim "There is no Sataaaan!!!" it's all been a blur. System of a Down? Please. Dude sings like Andrea Bocelli. Korn? The guitarist left the band to worship Jesus. Wolfmother? The Darkness? You're joking, right?

Thankfully, it takes about two hellraising seconds to figure out that Hammerlord is most definitely metal. Earth-scorching guitar leads, double-bass-drum blasts, guttural vocals, lyrics about spilt blood and the "Throne of Azathoth" metal like the wolf. It's even got a drum solo on it how metal is that?!!! Plenty of bands would give their first Anthrax tape to be this metal, but few succeed so quickly and convincingly.

Hammerlord's über-metal pedigree stems from its members vast realms of experience with bands like The Esoteric, The Blinding Light, Caligari as Sentient as well as the zillions of hours guitarist Ty Scott must have spent in his bedroom with Steve Vai tabs and microwave dinners. Scott and fellow axeman J.P. Gaughan shred their brains out on Hammerlord's debut self-titled LP, and drummer Adam Mitchell (the original "Hammerlord") is a Guitar Center clinic on 'roids. In other words: Cradle of Filth just shat their leather pants.

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Hammerlord's über-metal pedigree stems from its members vast realms of experience with bands like The Esoteric, The Blinding Light, Caligari as Sentient as well as the zillions of hours guitarist Ty Scott must have spent in his bedroom with Steve Vai tabs and microwave dinners. Scott and fellow axeman J.P. ...

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lawrence.com: I'm going to throw a series of things at you and you're going to tell me whether they're metal or not metal. Are you guys up for this?

Stevie Cruz: Game on.

Since it's election day, we'll start with the obvious Barack Obama.

Cruz: Metal as fuck.

Metallica 2008.

Cruz: Not metal : Everybody that's tits over the record is like, "Dude, it's so much better than 'St. Anger.'" My farts in the morning are better than "St. Anger." You gotta compare it "Master of Puppets" or "Kill 'em All," and there's just no comparison. It's way more metal than anything they've done recently, but Metallica broke my heart a long time ago, so I'm going to say not metal.

Pat Boone.

Cruz: Uh, he had that metal record, but he's not metal.

Mitchell: Not metal.

"The Lord of the Rings."

Cruz: Totally metal.

Mitchell: Oh my god, so metal.

Cruz: The most metal.

Mitchell: One of my favorite bands is even called Amon Amarth, which is basically Sauron's Tower. And there's another metal band called Gollum.

Cruz: According to The Lord (i.e. Hammerlord), Lawrence is "The Shire."

Henceforth Lawrence shall be known as "The Shire"?

Cruz: It's our shire. You're a hobbit too, Richard.

Tommy Lee.

Mitchell: Metal has changed a bit in the last 20 years, but for the time he was very metal. He's got a very metal attitude.

Cruz: Early Mtley Crüe is not really metal, but it inspired some metal.

Mitchell: I'd say metal. He's a great drummer.

Denim jackets.

Cruz: If they got puffy paint.

Mitchell: If Ty were here, he would say very metal. It's a thrash-metal thing : So yeah metal.

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Hammerlord / Attack on Uranus / Thunder Eagle

  • Saturday, November 15, 2008, 10 p.m.
  • Jackpot Music Hall, 943 Mass., Lawrence
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KISS.

Cruz: Not metal.

Mitchell: Uh, "Knights in Satan's Service"?

Cruz: But they've never really had a very metal song. Their outfits were metal and the imagery was metal, but they were rock and roll.

Mitchell: I would say not metal.

Cruz: Yeah, not metal.

Ted Nugent.

Cruz: He's pretty rockin'.

Mitchell: Yeah, he's definitely rockin'.

Cruz: And he's definitely a douchebag. Not metal.

Mitchell: Yeah, not metal.

Alan Greenspan.

Cruz: Is that the guy that got us into this huge economic crisis? It's all his fault. That's pretty grim, dude. I think he's metal. He's bringing on the end of the world.

Mitchell: The end of the world is really metal. Yeah, I'd say metal.

Monster trucks.

Mitchell: Are you kidding? That's super metal. Their whole reason for existence is just to smash things.

Cruz: And they're made out of metal and they smash other metal.

Topeka.

Cruz: (laughing) Topeka is hella metal.

Mitchell: Very metal.

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The awesome cover art for Hammerlord's debut self-titled album.

What makes Topeka metal?

Cruz: What's not metal about Topeka? You need metal in Topeka, and Topeka has bred some pretty sick metal : It's a dark place.

Mitchell: It's so metal it's not even worth talking about.

Cruz: What's not metal? That'd be easier.

So what's not metal about Topeka?

Cruz: Fred Phelps.

Mitchell: Yeah, he's not metal.

Charles Barkley.

Mitchell: I don't usually associate Charles Barkley with metal.

Cruz: Yeah, I'm going to go with him on that.

And finally Van Halen.

Cruz: I'm going to say metal. If it wasn't for them, there would be no Hammerlord at least not for me or Ty. Especially the guitar work, let alone David Lee Roth doing his own thing with Steve Vai : Those solos are metal as hell.

Mitchell: I'm going to say that Van Halen is very metal. But Van Hagar is not metal.

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lawrenceisnotdiverse 13 years, 6 months ago

Funny! This band is truly bad ass!! It's just nice to see a drummer that rips so hard. I just wish people actually knew what they were seeing and hearing. I don't think most people in this area really know how bad ass this actually is unfortunately :(

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