Hammerforce is independent Power/Progressive Synth Driven Metal band from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. They released 2 full length albums: Dice (2009) and Access Denied (2013) which is also available as Russian lyrics version Dostup Zakryt.
The main twist of Hammerforce’s music is unconventional mixture of impressive Electro/Trance synthetic sounds with more common Power/Prog Metal with solid guitar riffs, high-pitched Heavy Metal vocals and sudden Progressive interludes, all performed and recorded on the highest production level.
The story began in 2006 when Nikita Merzlyakov and Ilya Kapralov after playing for several years in local live Power/Prog Metal band Legioner decided to bring their music to the new level. The main idea was to show that guys from Russia can record good Metal album. It was a hard quest. Lots of obstacles were gotten over: misunderstanding of people, lack of equipment, time, money and information.
Finally in 2009 first full length Hammerforce’s album Dice was released. Mixing and mastering was performed by Ahti Kortelainen at Tico Tico Studio (Kemi, Finland) proven by his work with Sonata Arctica, Wintersun, Kalmah, Sentenced, Eternal Tears of Sorrow and other famous bands. It was the moment of glory. But time passed, gigs were played, and there wasn’t much progress due to weak promotion, bad situation with Metal in Russia and controversies inside the band which grew day by day and ended up with parting with vocalist Nikita Valamin. It was sad situation but it was the only way for both sides. The band gave up playing live and after some time of depression Ilya Kapralov and Nikita Merzlyakov started to work on material for the new album joined by vocalist Dmitriy ‘Ian Breeg‘ Yanovskiy.
The idea of the new album was not only to show that Hammerforce can record even better and original album but also make people think more about their lives, society and make it all better. That’s why all the lyrics on Access Denied were devoted to modern social problems.
Why to sing about dragons or devil when you can focus your efforts on helping real world to get better?
Nikita decided to produce, record, mix and master second album by himself at his private studio as his sound production abilities had increased significantly since the first album. This approach helped to get even better results, precisely control every aspect of recording, give no compromise to third party producers and sound engineers and make album sounding exactly as band wanted it to sound.
After a long hardworking time and many problems left behind the second album Access Denied was released on 27th of March, 2013. Nikita had to do management and promotion job himself and it gave good results: album received much positive feedback from press and listeners that motivated to record Russian lyrics version of the album named Dostup Zakryt. Nikita decided to debut as lead singer on Russian album version, and 6 of 9 tracks were recorded with his voice. Russian lyrics were written by Kate Sergeeva. Fed up with traditional music business model and tired of long negotiations with labels, band sticks to fully independent way from now on. CD release of Dostup Zakryt was fully funded by listeners through IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign, which was new step and new success for the band. Russian version released on 8th of October, 2013, It is available on CD and limited edition double CD (including disc with instrumental version of the album) through band’s official site and Bandcamp as well as digital download from iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, CDBaby, Google Play and other major sites.
During the work on creation and promotion of the Access Denied album band faced significant differences in the priorities and objectives of the members again, which caused both excessive insolvent hopes and considerable loss of time. This led to decision to keep only most motivated and active members in the band and to continue with minimal line-up needed. Thanks to versatile talents of Nikita, Ilya and Kate Hammerforce is able to proceed despite all problems and obstacles.
Now Hammerforce are working on new music material. 3rd album is planned for 2015.
Listen to the new album Access Denied/Dostup Zakryt and get ready to hear more from Hammerforce soon!