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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 31, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CRUZ DEL SUR
  • ASIN: B0000DBDLR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,419 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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European pressing. Details TBA. Cruz Del Sur. 2005.

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It is my favorite album of the 21st-century, so far.
Forrest Phelps
The August Engine makes a great introduction to Hammers of Misfortune, but you could pick any of their albums and come away just as amazed.
Justin G.
Crunchy power chords, solid rhythm, and melodic lead guitars create a haunting sound you'll hear throughout the album.
J. W. Carter

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Carter on April 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I first listened to this album two years ago, I wasn't sure what to make of it. Somewhat odd song structures, droning vocals (male and female), and softer acoustic passages all combine to make an almost disorienting first listen.

I'm really glad I decided to keep it, because turned out to be one of my favorite albums of all time. I'd compare them to Iron Maiden and Metallica because you can hear subtle influences from both bands, but it's really a very unique outfit. Here's the breakdown by track:

1. "The August Engine Part. 1" - this is an instrumental passage, a very POWERFUL instrumental passage. Crunchy power chords, solid rhythm, and melodic lead guitars create a haunting sound you'll hear throughout the album. Great way to start an album, and it ends with a dueling electric and acoustic guitar leading into track two.

2. "Rainfall" - This is an acoustic song, so you'd think it would be calming and relaxing. But everything's just a bit... Off. And in a good way. The female vocals are eerily off tune, as is the beginning piano phrase. The lyrics are disquietingly innocent, and the acoustic guitar sounds like (you guessed it) rain all through the song.

3. "A Room and a Riddle" - Just as the acoustic song ends, BAM, you're smacked with a sudden barrage of guitars. Not thrashy guitars, mind you, but melodic ones. There's even a guitar solo hidden in here somewhere. The lyrics, combined with some innovative instrumental techniques create a rather sinister atmosphere here.

4. "The August Engine Part 2" - These guys could probably be labeled progressive metal because of their unique sound, and this 9 minute long song would fit right in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 2003, The August Engine was the second album from US progressive metal band Hammers of Misfortune, one of the quirkier and more interesting bands in the American progressive rock and metal scenes. The band was formed by Lord Weird Slough Feg vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi, and at the time featured female vocals (and bass) by Janis Tanaka.

Listening to The August Engine – or any Hammers of Misfortune album for that matter – is a unique experience. It’s obviously, unquestionably, a progressive metal album, but one that also pulls in influences from the doom and NWOBHM sounds. At the heart of the album is an unconventional, King Crimson approach, which makes it hard to get into at first (unlike later efforts), but with repeat spins you really start to appreciate all that’s going on here. The dual lead vocals serves the band well, and gives the songs some additional depth.

Hammers of Misfortune is one of those bands that just about any fan of progressive music – rock or metal, new or old – needs to experience. If your tastes run to Pink Floyd, Ayreon, Spock’s Beard, King Crimson, Porcupine Tree, Pain of Salvation or any point in-between, you’re going to want to hear this band. The August Engine makes a great introduction to Hammers of Misfortune, but you could pick any of their albums and come away just as amazed.

Edition Notes: Metal Blade reissued The August Engine in 2010.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Forrest Phelps on August 6, 2011
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If you like Thin Lizzy and early Iron Maiden, Judas Priest AND progressive rock like King Crimson, Yes, etc., I think you'll like this album. It is my favorite album of the 21st-century, so far.
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