Hammers of Misfortune
From: San Fransisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
Hammers of Misfortune Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Hammers of Misfortune.
John Cobbett is a staple in the San Francisco metal scene. Including masterminding and guitar picking for his main band, Hammers of Misfortune, he’s also split his time between Slough Feg, Ludicra and Vhol. He’s responsible for making some of the best music in the Pacific Northwest. Whether plating his licks with amour first sculpted by bands like Storm and early Satyricon, vintage NWOBHM or a serene acoustic passage, at par with Pink Floyd or King Crimson, Cobbett has a penchant for writing memorable tunes.
Being the staple he is in the ‘Frisco scene, it’s not surprising the town has entered his music’s vocabulary. “Dead Revolution,” the latest opus by Hammers of Misfortune (released via Metal Blade on July 22nd) is somewhat of a goodbye album to the place Cobbett calls home. His lyrics reflect a disenchantment of the city that he once loved, the city for which he makes his living.
Upon receiving my call, Cobbett told me how he plans to move to Montana. The salty shores of the Bay will be replaced by mountains and woodlands. City concrete will be replaced with grasslands. This will certainly affect the way Cobbett writes future albums. Read further to learn more about this shamefully under-recognized artist. More...
For over a decade, Hammers Of Misfortune has been a prime example of an overlooked gem. Each of their albums, from their 2001 debut “The Bastard” to last year’s “17th Street,” has always delivered the musical goods. Their sound, which pulls from enough influences to write a novel about, is broad and jammed with variety. That is possibly one of the reasons why they haven’t been as embraced as they should be, but “17th Street” was the first sign of that changing. The band is gearing up for a brief U.S. tour, which starts this week (dates can be found here), and I had the chance to speak to guitarist John Cobbett about the tour and the band's current position in metal. More...