Hamerex are a heavy metal band founded in 2004 by vocalist and guitarist Steve Blower. The band also consists of guitarist Andy Firth, bassist Marc Hood, and drummer Sharif Diz Dyson.
Hamerex are an energetic and entertaining live band with their influences coming through in both their music and live shows. Hamerex have supported such bands as PowerQuest, Conquest Of Steel and Funeral For A Friend as well as playing at Clarence Park Music Festival in July 2012 and Coalfields Festival in July 2014.
2012 saw Hamerex release their debut album on Casket Music which was highly praised by a number of reviewers with Rhys Stevenson of Global Metal Network saying “‘Rites Of Passage’ brings a whole new stance on the meaning of original and traditional, this is by far one of the most impressive rejuvenations of old style metal to be unleashed, a sheer class of absolute proportions.”
2013 saw the band open for Funeral For A Friend in April, which was then followed up with the release of the highly praised ‘IX’ album, which was considered a “work of art” and “masterpiece” by fans, with high praise also from reviewers. The band supported the album playing live regularly through late 2013 to early 2014, with the band celebrating their 10 year anniversary with a special gig, with a set list chosen by the fans, and also marked the departure of long time vocalist Chris Moules.
The latter part of 2014 saw the band start work on a new E.P. which would be fronted by Steve Blower. ‘The Last Ride’ was released in March 2015 and was once again highly praised by reviewers, with Steve’s vocals coming as quite a surprise to those that followed the band previously.
Shortly after the band had released ‘The Last Ride’, the band began writing and recording their follow up to ‘IX’, titled ‘Traitor’, which was released on 7th October 2016 to critical acclaim and high praise from fans. Just prior to the albums release, Darren Kelsall left the band, with Sharif Diz Dyson joining the band the following month.
In 2017, Hamerex hit the road, playing around the UK in support of the ‘Traitor’ album, with notable appearances in Hastings at Mearfest and returns to Clarence and Coalfields outdoor festivals. In between gigging, the band began writing and recording and announced The Abyss EP Trilogy which will be released throughout 2018.
Hamerex were an impressive opener for the second day of the festival. They were good old fashioned heavy metal. Genuinely, these guys were a lot of fun with their set and if a band is so obviously having fun on stage then so is the audience. With smooth guitar licks, fun solos, great bass lines and up tempo beats, they were a band for any heavy metal fan to rock to.
Mick Birchy / Get Your Rock Out
It’s just an epic delight of anthemic metal, featuring the best and most addictive sounds you’ll hear this year. Add ‘Traitor’ to your top 10 metal albums now.
Jenny Tate / Rock Queen Reviews – 10/10
Traitor really is a grand old slab of brilliant unadulterated metal. Very Highly Recommended!
Baz Gennard / Sinister Angels Realm – 10/10
Traitor may not be the most unique album to be released, but what it does provide is an insight into how Hamerex work together as a band and what they have produced is a keen metal album that shows greater potential for further albums to follow!
Pagan Tordengrav / RAMZine – 8.5/10
Hamerex have created something to be proud of with Traitor – make sure you don’t miss this album and keep an eye out for a show of theirs near you.
Natalie Humphries / Soundscape Magazine – 8/10
With each release I find more enjoyment, as tedious as I may sound, but this is their best work to date proving that if you work hard and pay your dues, the rewards are plentiful!
Paul Maddison / Ave Noctum – 8/10
This is my first time listening to these guys, and I’m impressed with what I’ve heard. The band work together very well and they’ve delivered a great sounding album overall.
Connor Ormerod / TBFM Magazine – 8/10
Overall I enjoyed the album and will be checking out the other Hamerex releases. I like the classic feel of some of the songs.
Jovi Hacker / Metal Ashes of Phoenix – 8/10
It is an album that gets better every time I listen to it, as new sounds and intricacies pop through. I love the direction, I love the new sounds and I love that Steve is singing. There has been a great reaction to the album thus far and any fan of unadulterated heavy metal needs to own Traitor!
Paul Belcher / Black Phoenix Rising – 10/10
Hamerex have produced a great British Heavy Metal Album. They have a Classic feel but with a modern edge which gives them a unique sound. It’s really exciting to hear Young bands from the UK bringing out such masterpieces… Buy you won’t be disappointed!
Brian Mear / Mearfest
The Abyss Vol. 1
Undoubtedly, their best work yet. ‘The Abyss Volume 1’ has that much coveted sound of true life experience, grafting a unique conviction and self-assurance onto the production. Hamerex are now coming into their own and with this current release, have proved themselves and their metal credentials, through and through. A stellar performance, reflecting an unbreakable metallic spirit.
Jenny Tate / Rock Queen Reviews – 10/10
Overall, a thundering and head bangingly addictive release from a band at the top of their game, proudly delivering the traditional British heavy metal sound.
Iron Mathew Collins / Frenzy Fire & Metal Gods TV – 9/10