If you decided to read this review because you thought that Hammer Bros was some kind of Super Mario Bros. band, you should slap your mother, then break a few of your own fingers. Hammer Bros' The Vitality is almost too powerful to have any kind of link to the Nintendo franchise. Almost. But in all honesty, the album is filled with nothing having to deal with Nintendo. Instead, sheer metal reaches the realms of the listeners ears.
"Legion" breaks the CD's cherry by opening with a gut busting throttle of palm-muted madness leading into some badass headbanging metal. Anger ensues. Not exactly the fastest music I have ever heard, but damnnation is it good!
Following next, a soft tone and drums step up in "Boston A.M." and before the song even gets into full effect, you can tell it's going to be head-bangable. Every time I hear this song I want to mosh the s*** out of wherever I am, and with no remorse, mind you. This song is one of the betters only because it is sheer chaos and nothing more.
Again with the soft tone intro, "A New Beginning" punches into a great Comeback Kid-ish song but with more of a "what-da-f**k-up?-you-gonna-die" sound. I mean, this song has a crowd singing "F**k you!" How can this song be bad?
Number three with the soft tone intro, "Thus Consumption" takes a slower start, then leads into more of that "mosh 'till you die" speed and I have to admit this band really makes me want to mosh until I die. This song has some of the better lyrics on the CD and I just love the mix of slow/fast in this song. Everything seems to flow so well. Don't forget the solo.
"Negatives" begins without the "soft tone" and makes great use of the drums, yet as simple as the riffs may be in this song, I can't help but love it... especially since it's one of the shorter songs on the CD.
Break into "Out Of Style" and you will appreciate this band for all they are worth. This song combines what I love about punk and extreme hardcore (not the metalcore stuff): Speed and kick ass lyrics. It just sounds damn good.
Of course, this can only be topped by "The Vitality" which does what "Out Of Style" does, but for longer and with some sweet ass riffs, and again, more speed. I love it. I would say this is my favorite song on the CD, musically and lyrically. You could call this song heroin for the ears... minus the severe addiction.
"It Hurts..." takes a combination of bad ass riffage, palm mutes, and double bass pedals to create an exponential amount of the "what-da-f**k-up?-you-gonna-die" heard earlier on the CD. The song fades away and walks into a 47 second punk song called "My Playground." I have to say, I liked them both... a lot.
To end the CD, Hammer Bros. covers a song by Cro-Mags: "Don't Tread On Me." Now, I haven't heard the original song before, but I would say that Hammer Bros. did Cro-Mags some good.
The Vitality has to be the best hardcore-punk album I have heard this year and the fierceness of the entire CD just, as I said before, mosh the s*** out of where ever I am when I am listening. This band takes everything I love about punk and hardcore music and makes a masterpiece in less than 25 minutes.
2. Boston A.M.
3. A New Beginning
4. Thus Consumption
6. Out Of Style
7. The Vitality
8. It Hurts...
9. My Playground
10. Don't Tread On Me