North Carolina’s Bloody Hammers specialize in gothy, super heavy occult rock that draws its vibe from Goblin and its sound from Queens of the Stone Age, if everyone in that band was a vampire. Most everything here feels familiar: the pile-driving riffs, the insistent hooks, the fact that it sounds like the soundtrack to one of those ’70s scary movies in which a babysitter gets kidnapped by a witches coven. But it's also ridiculously good, a retro-minded work that takes itself just seriously enough. ALLISON STEWART
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