San Francisco, CA’s HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE have unveiled their new video, which is the title track from their latest album, 17th Street. The video was directed by Aaron Cobbett and filmed on location in San Francisco on the very street for which the song was named. Fans can watch the video exclusively on Vevo.com now HERE.
With a newly-rejuvenated line-up and their signature sound intact, San Francisco’s HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNEhave returned with 17th Street, a brash and heartfelt song cycle, blending the best elements of NWOBHM, thrash, doom metal, and American folk music while somehow sounding unlike any of these. 17th Street takes the band’s inimitable sound to a new level, creating an emotional gravity that only further accentuates the band’s formidable songwriting chops. “I can see how someone could find it an upbeat record at first glance” says John Cobbett, guitarist and producer of the band. “If you listen carefully, you’ll find that each song has its own point of view. You might find hope, or something very different, very dark.”
HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE’s 17th Street was one of the most heralded albums of 2011, with high praise from some of the most respected music outlets, including Decibel Magazine, NPR, and Pitchfork.com.
“incredibly fresh, masterful tunes… Both epic and catchy” Decibel Magazine, #37 on Decibel’s Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2011
“an epic prog-rock exercise that recalls the most ambitious works of royalty like King Crimson and Queen” Revolver Magazine
“song after song of some of the best, most original, most memorable metal you’ve heard in ages.” About.com (Top Metal Albums of 2011)
“For the past decade and change, San Francisco’s Hammers of Misfortune have done progressive metal right: Their ambitious, impeccably rendered compositions make room for honest emotion alongside the larger concepts.” #12 on Pitchfork.com’s best metal albums of 2011
“Cobbett loves the hard rock gods of old — Thin Lizzy, Queen, Iron Maiden — and what he takes away is an understanding that solid songwriting can run through his rigorous twists and turns. Just listen to “The Grain” and try not to get the chorus stuck in your head for days.” NPR.org