“Thou camest near the next, O warrior Thor! Shouldering thy hammer, in thy chariot drawn, Swaying the long-hair’d goats with silver’d rein.”

From ‘Balder Dead’

Article By Kostas for Heavy Metal OTD Network :: 31 March 2018

North Hammer is a Folk Metal band that hails from Canada. Taking inspiration from Ensiferum, Wintersun and Amon Amarth. They have recently released their, ten-tracks, debut 'Stormcaller'.
The album has an over arching story that describes the trials of a hero in a Nordic fantasy setting. The album has been rearranged in order to place appeal to the broader audience.

A Review for Stormcaller can be found here.


✓ Avatar
✓ Wanderer
✓ Written in the Stars
✓ Magic Mead
✓ Tip of the Spear
✓ A Soldier's Song
✓ Black Forest Rain
✓ Spellbinder
✓ North Hammer
✓ Lion's Winter


The huge success of the ‘Thor:Ragnorok’ movie isn’t just down to dazzling effects and star-power. It is because it draws deeply from the primal wellspring of Norse mythology. In these parlous times, the tales of Thor, Odin, Loki, Freya, and Valhalla, all strike a deep chord within people’s souls.

And in the case of Andrew James (of Edmonton’s Eye of Horus’ and ‘Shotgunner’) and his new one man band North Hammer; that chord is a guitar chord!

Andrew draws inspiration from the mighty Quorthon; for Andrew is not so much a one-man band as a one-warrior metal machine. Andrew wrote and recorded the guitar, bass, vocals, and orchestration for North Hammer’s forthcoming ‘Stormcaller’ album.

Inspired by Wintersun, Ensiferum, Amon Amarth, Aether Realm, Blind Guardian, ‘Stormcaller’ is a 21st century continuation of the work of Norse bards who inspired the ancient poem above, Andrew describes North Hammer’s sound as “melodic death metal folk riffs!”

Andrew explains the significance of his band’s name. “The ‘north’ part was a representation of the common theme winter that comes up in metal music, including folk metal. It is also a reference to my native Canada. ‘Hammer’ is a reference to Mjolnir, Thor’s Hammer!” It is also a reference to a Grand Magus song.

Andrew hopes it will be well-received by fans.

“The experience I’m trying to give the listeners is that of a fellow fan. I want people to be euphoric for other bands that mean something to them like Ensiferum, Wintersun and Amon Amarth. To connect personally with my music and realize that I love and worship these bands.”

While North Hammer is a studio project at the moment, Andrew plans to put together a band of top-notch like-minded musicians.

“Fans can expect a strong performance of kick ass musicians night-after-night!”

North Hammer’s “Stormcaller” will be available on all major online retailers.

- Bio written by Steve Earles



Andrew James :: Vocals, Guitars, Bass Andrew and Orchestration - Doug Nunez :: Drums
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