Crushing Hammers of Metal


After discovering that the word ’monolith’ is used in quite a few song- and album titles (here), I started to look for other words that are common in heavy metal. With the help of my buddies on The History of Metal forum on FB, I ended up with a pretty long list of songs, albums and band names that have the word ‘hammer’ in them. So what is the deal with hammers?

A heavy, crushing, smashing weapon made of metal. That represents the sound of many bands in our favourite genre. But it can also be a mysterious and mighty magic item, like Thor’s hammer in old Norse mythology. There is also the judge’s hammer of justice that has the power to change your life. And, of course, the construction tool that makes lots of noise, used to build up and break down structures. What do you think is the reason so many bands chooses to include hammers in their music? It’s not always obvious what they symbolize in the lyrics. What’s your interpretation?

I picked out five really good, hammering tracks from the list:


The Safety Fire – Huge Hammers

Stones turn veering into vision
What doesn’t blink can’t dream
It wants my eyes to see.
Black Beak weapon to pierce
Delirium scribbles thoughts onto page
Something’s writhing. Writhe!


Enslaved – Thoughts Like Hammers

Assimilated logic
Drawn towards the ladders
Elucidated, burned, afraid
Instinctive destruction sparked
Elucidated, burned, afraid
Knowing only my own dissent
Elucidated, burned, afraid
Static is the common language
Elucidated, burned, afraid


Bathory – Hammerheart

There will come a golden dawn
At ends of nights for all yee on whom
Upon the northstar always shines

The vast gates to hall up high
Shall stand open wide and welcome you with all its within
And Oden shall hail us bearers of a pounding hammerheart


Dimmu Borgir – The Heretic Hammer

My conscience
Stand defiantly proud and rigid
So take my advice

Meet your opposition
Profane and disciplined
Take back your pride
With a pounding hammer


Asphyx – Deathhammer

Writing the pages, lasting for ages
Restore purity that once was
Deathhammer bloodstained, death will die again
This is our doctrine and cause
Chapters demanding, episodes ending
Delivering the death metal bill
The years of the leech, finished as we preach
If you won’t face death we will




More songs: 

Hammerfall – Let the Hammer Fall

Tyr – Hold the Heathen Hammer High

The Sword – Hammer of Heaven

Cannibal Corpse – Hammer Smashed Face

Machine Head – Ten Ton Hammer

Sabaton – The Hammer Has Fallen


Ammit – Hammer of Darkness

Unleashed – Hammer Battalion

Band names: 

Hammers of Misfortune



About Irmelinis

A friend told me that I was delusional. I almost fell off my unicorn.

Posted on February 27, 2013, in Mental Metal, Ramblings and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Good post. This is a creative topic. i wonder what other words are common is Metal vocabulary.

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