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    Glass Hammer

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1The Mayor Of Longview lyrics
    2The Conflict lyrics
    3The Return Of The King lyrics
    4That Hideous Strength lyrics
    5Nimrodel lyrics
    6Enda The Lion lyrics
    7Anduril lyrics
    8Why I Cry (Single Edit-Bonus Cut) lyrics
    9Why I Cry (Arwen's Song) lyrics
    10The Way To Her Heart lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Chronometree [2000]
    2The Compilations [2006]
    3Lex Rex [2002]
    4The Inconsolable Secret [2005]
    5On To Evermore [1998]
    6Journey Of The Dunadan [1993]
    7Perelandra [1995]
    8Culture Of Ascent [2007]
    9The Middle Earth Album [2001]
    10Shadowlands [2004]


    Glass Hammer is a symphonic-progressive rock band from the United States. They formed in 1992 when mufti-instrumentalists Steve Babb and Fred Schendel began to write and record Journey of the Dunadan, a concept album based on the story of Aragorn from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. To their surprise, the album sold several thousand units via the Internet, The QVC Shop-At-Home Network and phone orders, leaving Babb and Schendel convinced that the band was a project worth continuing.

    While many musicians have appeared on Glass Hammer albums over the years, Babb and Schendel have remained the core of the band. Both play a variety of instruments, but Babb mainly concentrates on bass guitar and keyboards while Schendel plays keyboards, various guitars and drums until the addition of live drummer Matt Mendians to the studio recording band in 2004. They also sing, although a number of other vocalists have also handled lead vocal duties including Michelle Young, Walter Moore, Carl Groves, Susie Bogdanowicz and Jon Davison. Worthy of mention, Yes vocalist Jon Anderson provided backup vocals on two songs from 2007's Culture of Ascent.

    Lyrically, Glass Hammer is inspired mostly by their love of literature (most notably Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and John Krakauer) and Babb's love of Victorian prose and medieval mythology.

    Musically, they lean towards 70's driven symphonic rock, with strong keyboard orientation; specifically Hammond organs in the tradition of ELP. They have a superb melodic flow to the music they make, encapsulating real power and dynamics without ever becoming overpowering. Their most apparent influences are Yes, ELP, Genesis, and, to a less noticeable extent, Camel. While Glass Hammer have, for the most part, combined those influences into a characteristic style of their own, they made much more direct references to the aforementioned bands on their 2000 album Chronometree and the 2010 release If. Without a doubt, GH remain one of the most popular groups in the progressive rock genre. All the albums are very conceptual, and there is great musicianship overall.

    Current band members include co-founders Steve Babb (bass guitar and keyboards), Fred Schendel (keyboards and guitar) along with Alan Shikoh (guitar) and lead vocalist Jon Davison.

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