"Isolation" (Ghosttown Records; 2013)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Hammerfistís "Isolation" is crushing guitar and harsh vocals, the kind of which make you feel sorry for the vocalist because his throatís gotta hurt after doing a set. The music is fast and furious. I'm not sure I'd go as far to call it "death metal," but itís got that crushing sound, the high speed tempos and the vocals that you canít really understand a word of, despite the fact the vocalist's heart is obviously into it.

If I have any problem with "Isolation," it's that the vocals are a little too harsh for me, but they're never so harsh that it ruins the entire track. As a matter of fact, it works pretty well, in tandem with the music.

I'll give "Isolation" a healthy 2Ĺ guitarsaws; however, if you like growling vocals, this is easily a 3.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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