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Hammer and Nail

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Category: CCM Melodic Metal
Year: 1988
Label: Pure Metal
Catalog Number: SPCN79003700
Rating: 9.00 out of 10. (49 ratings)

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Scott Wenzel lead vocals
Rex Carroll guitars
Mark Hedl drums
Jon Sproule bass
1.  Living on the Edge  
2.  When the Walls Tumble Down  
3.  The Hammer and the Nail  
4.  Take it to the Limit  
5.  Walk With Me  
6.  Because of Jesus  
7.  When the Clock Strikes  
8.  Resist Him  
9.  Living in a Lost World  
10.  Top of the World  

Existing comments about this CD

From: Richard   (IP unknown) Date: July 28, 2001 at 23:44
This was the first Christian Metal album that I ever heard back in junior high. The guitar work of Rex Carroll is phenominal, Scott Wenzel's distinctive voice really stands out, and the only drawback is the fairly simple drumming. This is a classic album!
From: LiveWire   (IP unknown) Date: February 8, 2002 at 10:54
This is the best album of Whitecross. Every song stands out on this album. It Rocks!
From: kevensyle   (IP unknown) Date: April 9, 2002 at 10:25
This is their best album, IMO. It's 80's metal and it rocks!!!
From: Cephas   (IP unknown) Date: April 15, 2002 at 13:51
After buying this CD, 'To the Limit (Best of)', and 'In the Kingdom', I've come to the conclusion that Whitecross is one of the most overrated Christian bands out there.
From: Phil   (IP unknown) Date: June 3, 2002 at 8:12
This album is one of my favorite !! It is really excellent and it rocks!
From: Jay Cavallaro   (IP unknown) Date: September 15, 2002 at 0:18
um... Cephas... if any band is overated... Stryper would fit that category faster than this band would!
From: Janson Steffan   (IP unknown) Date: December 20, 2002 at 1:38
The first thing I ever heard from Whitecross was the guitar solo 'Hammer and Nail'. It was so amazing that I listened to the entire album and I was hooked. It helped strengthen my faith in Christ and my own music ministry. Thank you, Whitecross!
From:   (---.) Date: March 10, 2003 at 7:37
LOL! I agree wholeheartedly with the Stryper overrated comment. No offense to Stryper fans, just my opinion. Anyway, Whitecross is cool though. What can you say about Rex Carrol? He rules! Scott Wenzel has a cool 80s metal voice. The only song I don't care for is the sappy ballad. Other than that, super stuff. Favorite Tracks: When The Walls Tumble Down, Take It To The Limit, When The Clock Strikes.
From: Will Gragido   (IP unknown) Date: March 10, 2003 at 17:04
If we're speaking in terms of pure guitar technique and fretboard prowess, then Rex is The Man. He attended Northern Illinois University where he graduated with a friend of mine with a degree in Classical guitar back in '82. Now remember kids, this puts old Rex on the timeline that Yngwie was on back in Sweden. Rex has tremendous skills. Great player.
From: Cybersax   (IP unknown) Date: June 12, 2003 at 0:47
This album was my first exposure to White Cross. A friend wanted me to hear the song 'Because of Jesus'. This song is so outrageous from a stylistic standpoint, I thought at first it was mocking Jesus. I had never heard anything like this ever. Of course, I really grew to love this band. Their 'no apologies' approach to their music and their very 'to-the-point' agressive lyrics show they want to be taken seriously in both music and with the message they proclaim in all their lyrics.
From: Salomonkey   (IP unknown) Date: April 24, 2004 at 22:00
Excellent album. Greats guitars and greats vocals, this is one of the best albums of Whitecross.
From: miguel   (IP unknown) Date: September 6, 2004 at 2:03
Whitecross es lo mejor en musica de rock clasico. Sus letras son impresionantes tambien. Es lo mejor que Dios nos pudo dar a todos aquellos que amamos a Jesus y que a la vez nos gusta la musica de rock.
From: FOX   ( Date: April 8, 2005 at 15:09
again i can t say it enough, WHITECROSS is amazing on the hammer and the nail alubm. i loved every single song on this cd/tape at the time it came out lol. but thats true of every WHITECROSS album. out of all their songs, there may be 2 or 3 i didnt care too much for. i am so glad i found these guys , and have been jamming to them for so long
From: robert   (---.) Date: April 9, 2005 at 10:07
Q Genial Grupazo!! Vive Dios!! Recomendado para tod@s akey@s q les mole el A.O.R. mas trankilito... ademas no olvideis q es del aņo 88' osea Fronterizo del mas grande d la historia d la musica (para un servidor) q gue 1989 Osea q con esos ingredientes... esto tiene q ser una pedazo d Bomba... THE VERY bESTIAJO!!:P ;P :-)
From: YNGWIEVIKING   ( Date: May 1, 2006 at 11:42
HAMMER & NAILS KICK SERIOUS ASS !!!! If you are a lover of GREAT MELODIC ARENA ANTHEM this is one's for you ! As always REX CARROLL provide some awesome smokin' guitar solos ! BUY IT NOW
From: rexreed   ( Date: September 25, 2009 at 3:37
Simple songs, poor production quality yet still a good album. It is no secret that Rex Carrol and his absolutely ridiculous riffs make this band. Take it to the Limit might be the best rocker on the album. Too bad the bass and drums sound like bunk, but the production quality would improve with each subsequent album. This is rock metal, no sugar sweet ballads here.
From: Lucas   ( Date: August 28, 2015 at 22:45
Hammer And Nail is the first exposure that I had with Whitecross. Only after I heard Hammer And Nail was I able to go back and discover their first album. Hammer And Nail is still my favorite Whitecross album, although I cherish every pre-unveiled album. Scott's vocals sound absolutely perfect on this album. Songs like "Resist Him" couldn't be sung by any other vocalist and sound so meaningful. "Because Of Jesus" is another one of those no other vocalist could pull this off equally.
From: Lucas   ( Date: August 28, 2015 at 22:51
Song by song, cause I love this album that much. Living on The Edge 10.0 When The Walls Tumble Down 10.0 Hammer And Nail 10.0 Take It To The Limit 10.0 Walk With Me 9.8 Becaue Of Jesus 10.0 When The Clock Strikes 9.5 Resist Him 10.0 Living In A Lost World 8.0 Top Of The World 10.0
From: Lucas   ( Date: August 28, 2015 at 22:58
" Living On The Edge " is the perfect opener song. The guitar slide is stellar and unique. I don't think that there is another intro to any metal song out there. Rex can honestly lay it for hours and it would never get boring, ever. Very crunchy sounding. " When The Walls Tumble Down " is another unbelievable track. The rhythm guitars are so addictively catchy. Some say its AC/DCish. I don't think so but it doesn't matter cause its stellar. Some of Rex's best rhythms are found on this album.
From: Lucas   ( Date: August 28, 2015 at 23:04
" Hammer And Nail " the song is one of the most underrated works of art. " Nagasake " was a pure shred fest. " Hammer And Nail " is the same but more musical/classical sounding. I like " Hammer And Nail " even more than the stellar " The Eternal Fire " and that is saying a lot. Then the album moves right into another shred fest track, " Take It To The Limit ". this track still blows me away! Any possible place Rex can shred at in the song he is. Whats even better is that it sounds normal.
From: Lucas   ( Date: August 28, 2015 at 23:10
Then there is " Walk With Me ". Honestly, its a good ballad. Its the best ballad before " In The Kingdom ". The there comes " Because Of Jesus ". " Because Of Jesus " is hands down my favorite Whitecross song. The lyrics are bold and true, the guitars are amazing! There is so much that I could say about this song. I could never do this song credit with words. Then comes " When The Clock Strikes ". As a teen I thought this song was the longest song ever, lol, but good! The bells were so long.
From: Lucas   ( Date: August 28, 2015 at 23:14
" Resist Him " is one of those songs that I actually enjoy more today than I did when I heard it in the 80's. Its not like I didn't like " Resist Him ", it just sounds better today somehow. Plus, the lyrics are about resisting the Devil and that's the real battle isn't it. Bringing every thought under submission. Man, what a message, what a song. Rex of course shreds as always. Throughout the entire song he just keeps shredding.
From: Lucas   ( Date: August 28, 2015 at 23:20
Then comes " Living In A Lost World ". The song only has one flaw, the chorus and rhythm in the chorus. Nothing else at all is wrong with the song. Just a weak chorus. On the High Gear album there is a song " I'm Gonna Keep On " and on that song too it had a weak part. ON that song its the opening verse that is soooo boring, but then rocks up and gets interesting. Like " I'm Gonna Keep On " " Living In A Lost World " isn't a bad song. It just has a less than perfect part in it.
From: Lucas   ( Date: August 28, 2015 at 23:22
Hammer And Nail ends with a fresh sounding up beat tempo song " Top Of The World". Ends the album with a great happy feeling. What is amazing to me is that although little lead guitar is present on the track it still keeps your interest from start to finish.
From: Lucas   ( Date: August 28, 2015 at 23:24
In the end, Hammer And Nail is a classic from start to finish. My personal favorite Whitecross album which introduced me to a stellar band with an amazing talent and love for Jesus Christ!

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