Monday, June 17, 2019
You have a new album, ‘The Summoning’ releasing soon. What can you tell us about that?
I started writing in the beginning of winter 2018. There were several things that inspired me at the time to start writing. Devallia and I both grew up in the southern USA ‘satanic panic’ era of the 80s/90s, one day we were going through youtube and reliving some of the old clips and absurd videos from back then. It was a seriously pretty oppressive time to grow up… especially if you were a metal fan or goth… or both.
Thinking about those days gave me the itch to go back and listen to many of those albums I was listening to back then so ‘The Summoning’ was really inspired by nostalgia and religious oppression I suppose.
What were some of the albums that you’re talking about?
Oh man there were so many awesome records. Early 80s metal like Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, W.A.S.P., Dio. Also the more underground stuff like Alien Sex Fiend, Roky Erickson and the Aliens, The Sisters of Mercy… then we go back to early Alice Cooper and Black Sabbath of course. Devallia comes from more of the industrial side. She was more into Einstürzende Neubauten, Coil and stuff like that.
Bloody Hammers has a lot of Occult/Horror in the imagery and lyrics. Are you truly an occultist or satanist?
As far the aesthetic, we’ve just always felt like outsiders from a young age and naturally gravitated to the darker side. Plus from an entertainment perspective, we grew up with Alice Cooper, Ozzy, Alien Sex Fiend, The Cramps… real visual spectacles. I like many simple jeans and t-shirt kind of bands but personally prefer something more visually exciting.
Also, we love trash culture and classic horror. Devallia and I always have some old horror on in our house and the trashier the better. We love Hammer Productions, Amicus, Paul Naschy, Jean Rollin, Jess Franco… stuff like that. Many of the movies, we’re certainly aware they’re bad… but that’s why we love them.
On the lyrics, sometimes I write from the perspective of a person who is warning about evil. I write stories and narratives, not all the time but when I do, I’m sure it probably comes from my childhood, having to listen to southern baptist preachers and evangelists whose hysteria and paranoia was more frightening than Satan or whatever. I couldn’t see Demons but I could see these holy roller maniacs. Many of them were exposed as hypocrites and went to jail for some reason of another in the end.
In real life though, I tend not to believe in things like Demons, Satan or whatever but in songs I like to imagine they exist, at least in metaphors or in a pop culture way. When I was a kid, the churches were always warning parents about satanism and were pushing all this fear that their kids were likely worshiping Satan. If your kids are listening to metal then they were also likely sacrificing pets and children in the woods somewhere. It was ridiculous. It was religious McCarthyism.
I’ve read that you don’t like bands who take themselves too seriously or you don’t take Bloody Hammers seriously. Can you explain that?
I think I’ve failed in some interviews perhaps. Not sure exactly what you’re referring to but I can try to explain. I take my music seriously and I take other bands music I like seriously. What I mean is, If a band is going to do horror rock, I like it best when there are some glimpses of humor. For example, I love Iron Maiden but when they bring out the big Eddie on stage, the whole audience is smiling. You can’t bring out a giant stuffed monster on stage to clumsily lumber about without some sense of humor. Alice Cooper, the same thing… when he’s doing Dwight Frye, Nurse Rosetta or even the guillotine, there’s plenty of tongue in cheek humor going on at an Alice Cooper show.
I like that Beverly Kills T-shirt that says ‘Stay Humble or Be Humbled’
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Originally published in a European rock magazine 6/2019
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Two weeks before The Summoning will be unleashed, Bloody Hammers release the third single and video “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” from the new studio album.
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Anders Manga on the video and the song: “’Let Sleeping Corpses Lie’ was the first song I wrote for what has become The Summoning album. I really liked the song so it inspired all the rest of the material. We had fun with the video and clearly reflects our love of classic British horror.”
Friday, May 17, 2019
VIDEO PREMIERE! The Transylvania County based duo Bloody Hammers release the second official video from their upcoming album "The Summoning". “From Beyond The Grave” transports the dark and sinister feeling that only BLOODY HAMMERS can summon in 2019. The wonderfully creepy horror mix of 80s hard rock, gothic, doom and epic metal riffs are wonderfully illustrated in the new video with a silent film era twist. The video was once more produced by the band itself in the BLOODY HAMMERS Film Studios.
Anders Manga on the video and the song:
“The video is obviously a homage to F.W. Murnau and his early horror work in the silent film era. We had a great time making the video. The song, in a horror rock way, is a narrative from the perspective of a ghost who wants to return to his love on earth. I have so many favorites from the new album, but this is one of those straight forward hard rock tracks that I hope to see people blasting by the pool this summer… while covered in goth strength sunblock of course.”
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Monday, April 22, 2019
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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BLOODY HAMMERS will deliver their fifth studio album entitled The Summoning on June 26th 2019 via Napalm Records! Halloween comes earlier this year!
New single/video for 'Now The Screaming Starts' coming in just 2 weeks on April 19th!
Anders Manga on the new album:
"When I think about my earliest influences, the horror film genre is just as important as musical influences and they’re all fuzed together in my brain from childhood. When I was a kid, there was a show called ‘Shock Theatre’ that aired late at night on our local WGHP network in the early 80s. They played ‘Dr. Phibes Rises Again’, ‘Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things’ and weirdness like that. Around the same time slot, over on channel 61, there was a music video show that played Ozzy, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper and all those artists our satanic panicked local churches and teachers were freaking out about... and forbidding.
I tried to put myself back in that time when I wrote The Summoning. In my mind, it’s a tribute musically and lyrically to those magical macabre memories. Back when paranoid adults thought kids were brainwashed and likely worshiping Satan in the woods… good times!"
Frontman Anders Manga infused the new album tracks with epic metal and hard rock nuances. But don’t fret, the lumbering doom riffs deliver massive doses of goth rock, and Devallia’s psychedelic keyboards are present ever-still, and turn their latest effort The Summoning into a well-balanced, lush and highly infectious affair.
The Summoning will be available in the following formats:
1 LP Gatefold
2LP Gatefold (Purple) – Napalm Records Mailorder Exclusive, Strictly Limited to 200 Units
4 Page Digipack
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