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For sentimental reasons, it's time to publish all Master's Hammer demos playable for free on one page, in synoptic order. The sound of old tapes and cassettes has been meticulously cleaned on computer, but no additional effects were applied. You can hear alot of noise due to then recording technique and budget. Apart from musicians' effort, the audio & image restoration took us several months, so please, don't abuse anything from here.
Listen to all songs in almost CD-quality flash player, print images freely, skilled ones can grab files to burn a CD for their own personal pleasure, why not - play it loud, but don't sell it. However, you even don't have to spend single penny for a blank CD, just bookmark this page, play and watch it anytime. If you'd like to support the band now, buy Mantras.

In future, we are able to prepare a collector's edition of demos as a nice digipack or deluxe vinyl edition. So, vinyls and/or CDs? Don't hesitate to disclose your preferred choice - one word in the subject is enough to: stormtype|at|gmail|dot|com

Don't copy anything from here onto another server, just feel free to link this whole page.
Always note (p) + © Master's Hammer 2009.
But above all, make your own music!



Tech notes: First, allow Flash and Java in your browser.
Each demo plays in respective order automatically after you hit > play.
You can trigger any song manually, but don't forget to stop an already playing one,
otherwise you'll hear both messed.
There is a dangerous image gallery beneath demo covers:
forward: ->, back: <-, Esc. to escape. Be warned! you may die laughing!
The Ritual Murder, 1987.

This was recorded in Prague's rehearsal room in Střešovice soon after forming the band. Milan Fibiger and František Štorm were schoolmates already on high school, now, studying the same faculty on Prague's Art Academy, they share lot of time with beer and music. As guests, you can see a couple of brothers of František Fečo - the very first MH drummer coming from Benátky nad Jizerou city.


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Finished, 1988.

Recorded in Dolní Slivno near Benátky nad Jizerou. Instead of inverting crosses, we've turned upside down the entire church (still standing in the village) next to the rehearsal room - Milan's grandmother cottage, which we used as graphic and recording studio.
Milan Fibiger is a significant songwriter / arranger in early MH history. One of the greatest hits, Jáma Pekel, was written together at a table in a pub.
Olda Liška, another schoolmate of Milan and Franta, played tympan here.
"Šánečto" is "Lord's prayer" sung backwards.

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Live in Zbraslav 18.5.1989.

This is obviously not a demo, but it might be interesting to hear the very first gig of MH. All of us out of tune, out of beat, but with fervour. It was just a couple of months before the "velvet revolution" - since the gig was performed without any permission by authorities, we were examined shortly by then police.
Karel Zástěra plays tympan, Míla Křovina rhythm guitar, Franta Fečo drums, Milan - bass, Franta - guitar and arrgh.

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The Mass, 1989.

Taken in a real studio, mixed by Zdeněk Šikýř. Karel Zástěra (Apron) is drumming here, Silenthell and Necrocock are new to the band. Initial dark image is changing slightly into occultt.

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The Fall of Idol, 1990.

Released right before recording of Ritual album, so it was very little number of copies made. Mirek Valenta plays midi drums on it, unfortunately with poor samples. Our first experience with synths and computer. Professional keyboardplayer Vlasta Voral becomes regular member - he's the only person in the band who knows notes and scales.
Tomáš Vendl (Monster) replaced Milan on bass.

During 1991-2 MH played some live gigs.

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Jilemnický okultista /
The Jilemnice Occultist
, 1992.

Sounds different than the album of the same title, it is recorded on Apple II ci using then ultra expensive 650 MB hard drive. Probably the world's first blackmetal operetta. Vítek Malinovský plays solo guitar as guest in 2 songs.

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(p) + © Master's Hammer 2009.