Sludgehammer: Hammering Westward Tour 2018 @ Cloud 9
- June 15, 2018
Sludgehammer is a 5 piece Canadian metal band which formed in 2013. The band began with guitarist Jeff Wilson and drummer Fernando Villalobos jamming together, which quickly resulted in writing songs and searching for a full lineup. Their search led to vocalist Chris Szarota, who possessed an astonishing vocal ferocity and bassist and vocalist Dan Ayers, who passed the audition as a bassist and also revealed a golden voice. Thus, the first incarnation of Sludgehammer was formed.
The four members worked hard over the next few months to put together a demo, which was released at the bands’ first gig on November 22nd, 2013. The demo was well received even though it was completely self-recorded and the gig offers kept on coming, along with new fans.
With the success of the demo, the band knew that it was time to step things up and hired producer Christian Anderson for 2014’s release, Organ Harvester. During the writing sessions, the band decided that Chris and Dan should share vocal duties for this record, as Dan’s voice had been absent from the demo. The dual vocals proved to be a force to be reckoned with and on August 11th, 2014 Organ Harvester was released to rave reviews.
Organ Harvester gained both new fans and better shows, gathering serious momentum and solid name amongst the metal community. However by 2015, after playing many gigs with the Organ Harvester material it became very obvious that the fans were hungry for more. The band began writing more songs for the next release and kept playing gigs, which led them to guitarist Tyler Williams. Tyler was working as a sound man at the Atria where Sludgehammer was playing, and after their performance, Tyler approached the band. They set up a jam and in July 2015, Tyler Williams joined Sludgehammer.
The new 5 piece line up produced a much fuller sound as Jeff and Tyler began working together. The old songs were given new life and badass new material was being written for their next release, titled The Fallen Sun. The new songs featured dynamic vocal performances from Dan and Chris, mind-bending guitar solos, heavy riffs and blistering drumming. As the songs started to pile up, Sludgehammer discussed recording a full-length album. Tyler suggested that they record at his studio, Monolithic Productions. The band set up shop there and by early May, The Fallen Sun was complete.