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Hammers of Misfortune

Formed: 2000
From: San Fransisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Hammers of Misfortune News

Below is our complete Hammers of Misfortune news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Hammers Of Misfortune Posts "17th Street" Video

San Francisco, CA's Hammers of Misfortune has unveiled a new video, which is for the title track from the band's latest album, "17th Street." The video was directed by Aaron Cobbett and filmed on location in San Francisco on the very street for which the song was named. Fans can watch the video exclusively on Vevo.com here or in the player below.

With a newly-rejuvenated line-up and the signature sound still intact, San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune has returned with "17th Street." "I can see how someone could find it an upbeat record at first glance" says John Cobbett, guitarist and producer of the band. "If you listen carefully, you'll find that each song has its own point of view. You might find hope, or something very different, very dark." More...

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Hammers Of Misfortune Announces New Tour Dates

San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune will be touring throughout the Midwest and east coast this July with doom purveyors The Gates of Slumber.

The tour, which is being presented by the popular NYC-centric music blog, BrooklynVegan.com, will begin on July 18th in Chicago, IL and finish in Toronto, ON on July 27th. For Hammers of Misfortune, this tour follows an appearance at Holland's Roadburn Festival 2012 in April.

Fans in the band's hometown of San Francisco can catch Hammers of Misfortune with Grayceon and Wild Hunt on June 23rd at the Elbo Room. The Gates of Slumber is on tour now supporting Rise Above/Metal Blade label mates, Church of Misery, with headlining dates to run from June 11th-June 16th.

The upcoming Hammers of Misfortune and The Gates of Slumber tour dates are as follows:

07/18 Chicago, IL Reggies
07/19 Grand Rapids, MI Pyramid Scheme
07/20 Columbus, OH Ruby Tuesday
07/21 Baltimore, MD Golden West
07/22 Philadelphia, PA North Star
07/23 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
07/25 Cambridge, MA TT The Bears
07/26 Montreal, QC Il Motore
07/27 Toronto, ON Courthouse More...

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Hammers Of Misfortune Discusess Lineup Changes

San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune has returned with a newly rejuvenated lineup to release the new album "17th Street." It's no secret that the band has undergone several lineup changes throughout the years. Noisecreep inquired as to how the band has managed to persevere through changes in a video interview, which is available below.

The "17th Street" track listing is as follows:

1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

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Hammers Of Misfortune Announces New Shows

San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune will be hitting the road this December for a string of dates in the North West with support coming from Relapse Records' Christian Mistress. Hammers of Misfortune will be playing with the band's newly-rejuvenated lineup in support of the new album "17th Street."

The entire "17th Street" album is also currently available for streaming at this location.

The upcoming Hammers of Misfortune tour dates with Christian Mistress are as follows:

12/08 Vancouver BC Biltmore Cabaret w/1 more tba
12/09 Bellingham, WA Shakedown w/ 1 more tba
12/10 Seattle, WA Highline w/1 more tba
12/11 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios w/ Spellcaster

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Hammers Of Misfortune Streaming Entire Album

Starting today, NPR.org is streaming Hammers of Misfortune's brand new album "17th Street" in its entirety. Check out the album by navigating to NPR's website at this location.

The "17th Street" track listing is as follows:

1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

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Hammers Of Misfortune Streaming New Song

With a newly rejuvenated line-up and the band's signature sound intact, San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune has returned with "17th Street," which is due out October 21st/24th.

Fans can now check the song "The Day the City Died" through Noisecreep.com. Along with hearing the new track, you can also watch a video of John Cobbett responding to Noisecreep's inquiries about the concept of the song, lineup changes in the band, and more. You can find the song and video here.

The "17th Street" track listing is as follows:

1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

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Hammers Of Misfortune Streaming New Song

With a newly rejuvenated lineup, San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune has returned with "17th Street." Fans can now check out the title track off "17th Street" through Pitchfork.com by heading over to this location.

The previously uploaded first single "The Grain" is also available as a lyric video and can be found by navigating here. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

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Hammers Of Misfortune Streaming New Track

San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune has returned with "17th Street," which will be available on October 21st/24th.

"I can see how someone could find it an upbeat record," says John Cobbett, guitarist and producer of the band, also of Ludicra and Slough Feg. "There are glimmers of hope there. But if you listen carefully to each song, you'll find that each one has it's own point of view; you might find hope, or something very different, very dark."

You can now hear the first single "The Grain," which has been made into a lyric video, in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. 317
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere

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Hammers of Misfortune Signs To Metal Blade Records

San Francisco progressive metal band HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE has announced their signing to Metal Blade Records. Metal Blade Records will release four of the band's previous releases in late summer 2010 with a new studio album expected in 2011.

Guitarist and founding member John Cobbett comments, "Metal Blade contacted us in April of 2009. After some back and forth we came to an agreement that will allow Hammers of Misfortune to continue making albums the way we always have: unsupervised and self-produced. Also, we grew up on Metal Blade releases - from Destruction and Slayer to Trouble and Fates Warning - so we feel pretty good about that."

Metal Blade Records owner Brian Slagel comments, "We are really happy and honored to have signed Hammers of Misfortune. I have been a huge fan for awhile now and I personally am really excited to work with them." More...

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Hammers Of Misfortune Covers "Freebird"

San Francisco progressive metal band Hammers Of Misfortune has posted a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's famous "Freebird" on their MySpace page. The song can also be downloaded here.
The version was produced and arranged by John C., for Guy Overfelt's Trans Am project. Recorded by Justin Weis at Trakworx, Jan. 2010.

The lineup for the recording was as follows:

Aesop Dekker - drums
John Cobbett - guitar, bass
Sigrid Sheie - piano, organ, flute
Jesse Quattro - vocals
Jackie Gratz - cello
Catherine Gratz - oboe

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Ludicra Finishing New Album, "The Tenant"

LUDICRA is putting the finishing touches on their next full-length album (their fourth) entitled “The Tenant,” which will be released through Profound Lore Records.

Known as one of the initial acts to help spearhead the black metal underground movement of the Bay Area and featuring the line-up of guitarist John Cobbet (HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE), bassist Ross Sewage (IMPALED), drummer Aesop Dekker (AGALLOCH), guitarist Christy Cather, and vocalist Laurie Shanaman, Ludicra has been known for offering a unique mix of black metal, punk, classic metal, and the odd touch of neo-folk.

Look for “The Tenant” to be released early March, 2010. More Ludicra news to surely follow, leading to the album’s impending release

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Hammers Of Misfortune Announces East Coast Tour

HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE will be embarking on an East Coast North American tour with LUDICRA this summer. Already having conquered the West Coast, where both bands have formidable live experience, the two bands are finally going to tread new ground within the East Coast. For those in Canada, there is going to be only one Canadian date on this tour. Hammers Of Misfortune will also be playing with Pentagram and Nachtmystium for an exclusive gig on July 2nd in their hometown.

Here are the latest Hammers Of Misfortune tour dates (with possibly a few more to be added): More...

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New Hammers Of Misfortune MP3s, Cover Art Online

New HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE MP3's have been posted in the MP3 section of their label's website. One song from each album has been posted: "Rats Assembly" from the "Fields" album and "Church Of Broken Glass" from the album of the same name.

The cover art for "Fields" is also available there or viewable directly here.

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Hammers Of Misfortune Completes New Album

Heralded art metal contingent HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE has completed their new album, or more like two new albums that will be presented as one package. Almost like, as the band say, a split with themselves.

With one entitled “Fields” and the other album entitled “Church Of Broken Glass,” both albums, while joined at the spine, will be distinct from each other musically, conceptually, aesthetically, and even have different artwork and logos.

What will be Hammers’ most challenging offerings yet, “Fields” and “Church Of Broken Glass” are unlike anything Hammers mastermind John Cobbett has presented before with his brainchild. What will easily present itself as the most complex, different, and unique Hammers material yet, both albums present a much more vintage sound, with the ‘70s prog-rock influence making it’s presence felt like never before, all while manifesting influences from classic rock to classic metal to theater metal and through a wide spectrum of ultra-progressive musical fervor.

The different sound and approach Cobbett took on creating the new albums was also of course because of the new members within the Hammers fold; namely new (male) vocalist/guitarist Patrick Goodwin and new (female) vocalist Jesse Quattro who bring a new voice to the Hammers sound. While Goodwin brings a more classic rock-like approach to the band than his predecessor (namely Mike Scalzi of SLOUGH FEG fame), Quattro comes in as the most prominent female Hammers vocalist yet.

Here is the tracklisting for “Church Of Broken Glass”: More...

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Hammers of Misfortune Replace Guitarist, Bassist

San Francisco power-metal band Hammers of Misfortune have seriously revamped their lineup. Singer and guitarist Mike Scalzi and singer/bassist Jamie Myers have left and been replaced by singer/guitarist Patrick Goodwin and singer Jesse Quattro. The group will debut its new lineup at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, in March.

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Hammers of Misfortune Find New Bassist

San Francisco, CA progressive/power metal band, Hammers of Misfortune, post the following statement to their fans on myspace:

"Meet our new bass player:
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=2179168

Also: check our page to see the official "Locust Years" photo.

Our 3rd album (the aformentioned "Locust Years") is done and ready to go, just waiting for the last few pieces of the puzzle to fall into place.

Our catalog is now available in the iTunes music store, Rhapsody, Napster etc.

Still looking for a drummer....
Cheers!"

The track list for "Locust Years" is as follows:

1. The Locust Years
2. We Are The Widows
3. Trot Out The Dead
4. Famine's Lamp
5. Chastity Rides
6. War Anthem
7. Election Day
8. Widow's Wall

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Impaled Nazarene Live Album News, Fest Cancelled

Impaled Nazarene celebrates 15 years with the release of "Death Comes in 26 Carefully Selected Pieces," the band's first official live album.

Recorded last December at Tavastia club in Helsinki, Finland, "DCI26CSP" features 26 songs from the bands catalogue, including songs from their 7” EPs.

The album was mixed (at Sonic Pump studio) by band's own soundman, Tapio Pennanen. Mika Jussila mastered the album at Finnvox studio.

Final tracklisting of "Death Comes in 26 Carefully Selected Pieces": More...

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Usurper, Hammers of Misfortune On Nothern Lights

Chicago's USURPER and San Fransisco's HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE have been added to the lineup of the third installment of Northern Lights Festival, set to be held July 2 at The Opera House in Toronto, Canada. Other acts scheduled to perform at the festival include IMPALED NAZARENE, UNEXPECT, LILITU, WOODS OF YPRES, BRAVE, THE FIFTH SUN, AUGURY, WIDOW and ENDORPHINS.

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