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With power and strength to spare, post-punk hard rock and roll trio Hammerhead could as easily have already been called “Sledgehammer” (even though a heavy metallic outfit from England hadn’t beat these to it). Paul Sanders (vocals, acoustic guitar), Paul Erickson (vocals, bass), and Jeff Mooridian Jr. (drums) created the group in Fargo, ND, around 1990, and relocated to Minneapolis, MN, just a couple years later on. Amphetamine Reptile, that is also situated in Minneapolis, released all their recordings. The music group has cited Taxi cab Driver’s Travis Bickle like a guiding impact on their noisy, dark, rhythmic strategy. Others possess compared these to from hardboiled pulp fiction writers Jim Thompson and Wayne M. Cain, to brain-pounding sound rock models Unsane, Medical procedures, and Bastro. Their vinyl fabric debut was 1991’s Peep picture disk single (offering artwork by ex-Replacement Chris Mars). It had been accompanied by 1992’s Weight Ruler, a tour-only solitary issued on grey vinyl fabric, and 1993’s live Bad Twin, another tour-only solitary. Their 1st full-length was 1993’s Ethereal Killer, documented while these were still situated in Fargo. Next arrived the Bad Twin EP, which presented the four tunes from the prior 7″, two from your picture disc, along with a re-recorded edition of “Insert Ruler” (and was originally released being a yellow-vinyl 10″). That they had relocated to Minneapolis by enough time 1994’s In to the Vortex strike the roads. It observed the trio shifting their generating, minimalist audio in a far more concentrated — but believe it or not uncompromising — path with lyrics dealing with better importance. The Taxi cab Driver impact was driven house by couplets like, “Somebody should clean this filthy world/somebody should save the quite young ladies” (“ALL OF THIS Is certainly Yours”) and “The rainfall emerged down/bloodstream soaked the roads” (“Brest”). Many supporters — and Hammerhead’s supporters only appear to possess increased given that they known as it quits — consider 1996’s Duh, the best Town their crowning accomplishment. Unfortunately, it had been to become their last full-length documenting, and was accompanied by only one even more launch, the tour-only Globe (I WILL NOT Miss) single. The start of the end experienced already showed up when Sanders remaining the group in 1995. Additional guitarists had been enlisted to consider his place, but non-e quite trapped. He continued to form even more RAM (which afterwards disbanded), while Erickson (billed as Apollo Liftoff) and Mooridian Jr. produced Vaz.

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