You can get a good idea of what's in store on Bloody Hammer's self-titled record by looking at the album art. With a Masters Of Reality style logo and a naked woman wearing a goat's mask performing some kind of ritual, you're in store for some old-school, stripped-down metal with dark lyrics.

As you'll find out on the first track, these songs are straightforward and have no frills or much polish in the production. Their songs consist mostly of riffs in the verses and more melodic chord progressions in the choruses. They pretty much follow a verse-chorus-verse-chorus type formula. Luckily enough for them, choruses like the one on "Fear No Evil" are extremely catchy and makes up for the fact it's repeated a good amount. It's clear that some variation is needed to keep this record flowing, and they do just that with "Say Goodbye to the Sun." There's a good sense of dynamics played on this track. It has more of a ballady feel. The main riff creeps along with a little bit of overdrive, but when the chorus kicks in the full band is pretty much at full volume. There's also an eerily melodic organ solo thrown in mid-way through the track. The next few tracks follow in similar fashion to "Witch of Endor" and "Fear No Evil." There were some memorable moments in songs like "Witching Hour," like a harmonized guitar solo drenched in flanger. "Black Magic" had another memorable chorus, with almost predictable lines "Black magic is in the air, they say the final rites, black magic is in the air tonight."

"Don't Breathe A Word" is an acoustic song, and unmistakably starts out on the same arpeggio as Metallica's "Fade To Black." However, I think it is able to stand out on its own and ends the record on a somber note.

Although I never really got the "wow" factor from this record like the first time I heard Ghost's Opus Eponymous, it is still an enjoyable and interesting record. I'd recommend it for fans of simplistic, minimalistic hard rock/metal.