Clockhammer


Klinefelter

Clockhammer - Klinefelter ©1992 First Warning
1. Greying Out
2. Bluest Eyes
3. Standing By
4. Nullify
5. Away
6. Hollows
7. Years Of Days
8. Destination
9. Next Month
10. Drone
11. Mitch's Theme

This album caught me by surprise. It was in my collection for a long time before I actually HEARD it. There's a certain texture here in the songs that is stunning, woven primarily by guitarist/singer Byron Bailey. Though no one knows it, this guy can play. Going from jazz warp to metal to rock and back again without losing a single thread of the song, Clockhammer is simply amazing. Very moody and very musically adept, this CD is worth digging through the dollar bins for. Apparently they fell off the planet afterwards as I haven't found anything else by them since. T'is a tragedy that good music should fall prey to the industry.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 05/1997

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So Much For You

Clockhammer - So Much For You ©1994 Houses in Motion
1. When Words Fall
2. Laurel
3. Pyramids
4. Tangled
5. Tipping The Balance
6. Wishbone
7. Glide
8. Gemini
9. Remain
10. Needle's Eye
11. I've Always Known
12. Dark Grey Spaces
13. Losing A Thousand Days
14. Now Begins The Rain

This was one of the happiest surprises of my local used CD store. I had no idea that leader Byron Bailey had kept the band together (actually, he has a new backing band for this album) and released anything after the ingenious Klinefelter. As it turns out, the new band only continues in the vein the previous release had begun tapping, further exploring elements of the blues, Black Sabbath, and the outstanding guitar playing that had highlighted earlier Clockhammer. When the band plays heavy, you can hear Sabbath oozing out of their amps; when they play light, it is equally as stunning. Bailey also splits the singing duties with new members Mark Smoot and Christian Nagle. Each man sings for the songs he wrote and the differences between the singers is subtle. Smoot tends to sound more like a tuneful Cobain, while Nagle is much milder. Bailey (still the main singer) has settled more into his singing, sounding more emotive and much stronger than earlier Clockhammer.

It's hard to pick out favorite tracks as they are all top notch. This is the kind of album you can put on, listen clear through, and not even realize the length. Hopefully the band will eventually get together again and not let such a great thing end.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 09/1997

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