Guitarist/vocalist Mika Penetrator has left GALLHAMMER — the Japanese extreme metal group that draws on black metal, doom metal, and crust punk — to concentrate on her other band. The remaining members of GALLHAMMER — Vivian Slaughter (vocals, bass) and Risa Reaper (drums, vocals) — plan to continue the band as a duo.
GALLHAMMER is currently working on material for the follow-up to 2007's "Ill Innocence" and will enter the studio in October to record what Slaughter describes as a collection of "strange and psychedelic experimental sounds of doom."
You can now follow GALLHAMMER at the band's new Twitter page which will be constantly updated with news and progress reports.
Although GALLHAMMER had been known primarily as a black metal/punk act, "Ill Innocence" is impressively diverse, showing their implementation of many influences and moods from both metal and non-metal genres. The themes are based around isolation, oppression, a world without colour, with Vivian describing the imagery like "Delirium - as being in a midday nightmare under the scorching sunshine"; all wrapped in a poetic disparity. "Ill Innocence" also features recordings of the tracks "Speed of Blood" and "At the Onset of the Age of Despair" as previewed in demo form on "The Dawn of…" The CD release of the album was met with great critical acclaim, particularly in the U.K., with the band even given the honor of cover stars in Zero Tolerance, Terrorizer and Organ magazines.
GALLHAMMER's DVD release, "Ruin of a Church", captured the band live and in scintillating form at Colchester Arts Centre, a stunning venue on the site of a deconsecrated church, on their 2007 European tour. The DVD includes additional footage from the tour, plus promo videos, gallery, and an intriguing video interview with the band. The audio mix and production was executed by Justin Broadrick (NAPALM DEATH, GODFLESH, JESU).