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Hammers of Misfortune Signs To Metal Blade Records and Announces New Lineup

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."

HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE is made up of some of the most talented musicians John Cobbett and co. can find. Founding member John Cobbett explains; "I set out to do it this way from the beginning. Having been in a dozen or so bands that broke up before realizing their potential, I decided that the songs and albums were the most important thing. So I formed a 'break-up proof' project that depends more on good material and strong albums than a consistent line-up."

The band's current lineup is as follows:
John Cobbett (guitars)
Chewy Marzolo (drums)
Sigrid Sheie (keys, voice, flute)
Max Barnett (bass) (ex Old Grandad)
Leila Abdul-Rauf (guitars and vocals) (ex-Saros) (new member

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