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the Bronx, New York (1986 – present)

Demolition Hammer was a Thrash Metal band from the Bronx, New York. The band formed in 1986 and released three full-length albums between 1990 and 1994. Century Media Records made a complete anthology available in 2008.

Demolition Hammer arrived on the East Coast thrash metal scene circa 1986. The original line-up consisted of Steve Reynolds as the vocalist and on bass, James Reilly on guitar, and John Salerno on drums. Their first demo tape, Skull Fracturing Nightmare, was released in 1988. It gained notice from fans of the genre and independent record labels. Derek Sykes was brought in as a second guitarist and Vincent Civitano (a.k.a. Vinny Daze) replaced Salerno. Their second demo, Necrology, secured the group a recording contract with Century Media Records.

Their first album, Tortured Existence, was produced by Scott Burns with a small budget. The songs were composed with fast riffs, chunky breakdowns, and expressive guitar solos. In 1992, the band released Epidemic of Violence. The production was clearer and included faster and leaner songs. The covers of these first two releases featured horror based artwork and a logo designed by Daze.

Fast paced thrash metal became less popular in the ’90s. Daze and Reilly left the band to form the group Deviate NY. Former Malevolent Creation drummer Alex Marquez joined Reynolds and Sykes to write material for another project. The label wished to release the songs with the band’s original name. The result was the 1994 album Time Bomb with a new Demolition Hammer logo on the cover. It was slower and lacked guitar solos. The style was similar to that of groups like Pantera and Machine Head.


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  • versionfiv

    and this print uses the same coverart as the first press, not the zoomed in version from 2008. got mine today

    5 Mar 10:27pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Excellent news D. Hammer fans who collect vinyls.

    4 Feb 12:05am Reply
  • versionfiv

    great they are re-releasing Epidemic of Violence on vinyl, cm rules.

    3 Feb 9:47pm Reply
  • nopuppet

    i recommend the rerelease of their demos skull fracturing nightmare and necrology on upper deck records in 2013. it's called "demolition demos", good chance to get those recordings (even on vinyl)

    30 Jan 8:54pm Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I dunno about THE best, but one of the best. They totally slay. It's too bad Vinny Daze died of globefish poisoning.

    28 Jan 5:18pm Reply
  • LCDnewOrder

    These guys are seriously the best thrash band ever.

    13 Jan 12:48am Reply
  • derangement_bg

    Agree with some of the people below - DH is probably the heaviest thrash metal band.

    3 Jan 9:37pm Reply
  • Siffie91

    Check out this group for exploring and sharing superb Old School Metal!

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • versionfiv

    epidemic of violence is pretty cool

    7 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    Anything by them is killer. Time Bomb is even killer. A criminally underrated album by them.

    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Brunoeggert

    Why isn't this the most known thrash band ? They have it all.

    14 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Seahorsecat

    I am interested in a Demoliton Hammer Epidemic of Violence t-shirt, male, medium or something like that! I prefer old print, sold out long time ago. Reasonable prices only!

    25 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Ryncol

    Epidemic of Violence is the greatest thrash metal album ever made.

    27 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Ireallylikeeggs

    Goddamn. Aborticide fucking rules.

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ZwrotPL

    No one forgets the first time they heard Demolition Hammer.

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Metalfanatic666

    A reunion would be great but I can´t imagine how somebody could survive a Demolition Hammer gig^^ [2] Well said! :D

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Liberations

    Most aggressive and brutal band.

    27 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    Tortured Existence seemed to be rather overlooked when compared to Epidemic of Violence. Epidemic' is clearly better but Tortured Existence is a fuckin' wicked as well.

    24 Jan 2014 Reply
  • lul_peter

    Damn, Epidemic of Violence is probably the most brutal thrash metal album i've ever heard

    7 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Xavier_93

    Most crushing shit ever

    13 Dec 2013 Reply
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