"Hammer on Rome" (Self-produced; 2005)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

This Seattle band has a heavier, edgier, more modern sound that like The Cars with the hard rock pop stylings of Cheap Trick. But don't get thrown off by my mention of The Cars above. Hammer On Rome don't so much sound like the Cars as they remind me of The Cars. Okay, I know I'm confusing you. Let me explain: Hammer On Rome, like the Cars, have their own sound, a rock'n'roll sound that is unique only to them. Eclectic songwriting (there's a Cars term for you) and a fresh approach to a hard rock'n'roll sound make Hammer On Rome worth searching out. In addition, the CD demo is incredibly well-produced.

HAMMER ON ROME: James Kruize, drums/programmer; Chad Hawkins, guitar; Frankie Radciffe, bass; Nezmond Styles, vocals.

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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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