The capital of Scotland is the home of the Man Of The Hour. The heavy/doom mavens formed in 2003 and issued a demo called Volume 1 in the same year. The group supported 3 Inches Of Blood locally. The track Enter The Drug Fuelled Domain was a harbinger of many things to come. A debut appeared in 2004 and was followed by a record in 2007. The group toured with Korpiklaani. A Scottish tour followed the year after.
MAN OF THE HOUR - DESTROY THE MACHINES OF SLAUGHTER - NO FACE
A few years ago there was a serious debate among fans and critics as to whether The Darkness is a serious or a tongue-in-cheek band. The Brits had resurrected the spectre of straightforward rock music via an impressive album and a catchy single. The band’s substance, image and lyrics, however, had observers pondering the seriousness of it all. Man Of The Hour might be heavy metal’s answer to The Darkness. The British quintet is obviously nowhere as popular or known as the now-defunct rock band, but many things about the group make one suspicious.
The band’s name and its skull-ridden logo aside the group’s most notable musical feature is the use of multiple vocals that cover the gamut from hoarse, gruff to higher pitches alternately reminiscent of King Diamond or Macabre’s Corporate Death and Nefarious. The group’s slogan “no law, magic rune or gold plated bible can judge you better than heavy metal” and titles like The Whirlpools Of Hades, I Only Give A Shit... and Stealing From The Dealer make one more mistrusting of the band’s motives. Nevertheless, there is plenty of good riffing and chugging metal action on these songs. Ignore the Hatebreed shirt and the Hatebreed haircut and listen for some varied heavy metal. - Ali “The Metallian”