On the MLP Hammerhawk is more or less a Dutch answer to Motörhead combined with lots of twin guitars Maiden style. After many line up changes the band moved to a more Thrashy approach which resulted in the ‘Welcome Home, We expected You’ album. After many problems with record companies the band went back to their roots. On the musical level, but also back to releasing the albums by themselves again.
In the meantime guitarist Paul van Rijswijk is involved in forming Goddess of Desire. The band itself also does side projects as Henry VII and Mentorhawk. Hammerhawk started back in 1982 when Australian bassplayer/singer Thijs "Maniac" Bruyns and Ray van Wijngaarden (drums) decided to form the loudest metal band in the Netherlands. In 1984 the band released their first album "Breaks loose" with vocals like Motorhead and music like Iron Maiden. This album was produced by Attie Bauw (The Scorpions, Judas Priest, The Gathering) and received a lot of good reviews in magazines all over the world. After this successful period the band had a couple of line-up changes and recorded some demos with new material, which sounded heavier and faster than the first album. In 1990 Hammerhawk signed a record contract with "Overdrive Records" and released the CD "Welcome home, we expected you", which was distributed worldwide by Virgin records. Again this album got rave reviews in magazines across the world. At this time Dutch national radio did a competition about Hammerhawk and broadcasted one of their shows.
Unfortunately the band got into trouble with their record company and had to start doing business their own way. In 1998 Hammerhawk toured in California with The Mentors and in 1999 Aardschok magazine exclaimed Hammerhawk as one of the oldest underground Heavy Metal bands of The Netherlands that is still going strong. Unfortunatly the band broke up before releasing the new album in 2003. Accepted among Heavy, Death and Black metal fans, this band still has an army of very loyal fans. http://www.leftieguitars.com/hammerhawk.htm Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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