Halloween special: Glass Hammer, “Cool Air” (2013)

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“Cool Air,” Glass Hammer’s contribution to the recent The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft: A Synphonic Collection, will provide a chill-raising scare on this Halloween.

Featuring Steve Babb, Fred Schendel, Jon Davison and Alan Shikoh, the track builds off a 1926 short story of the same name by Lovecraft. Both trace the story of a man who can’t abide a cool air but who nevertheless becomes intrigued by a neighbor who is determined to live in perpetual coldness. It’s only later that the narrator discovers the reason: The neighbor is trying to stave off decomposition after having long since died.

Glass Hammer joined 20 other modern prog bands on the original three-disc set; “Cool Air” is now available as a single download — just in time for the ghoulish goings-on tonight. Very much in keeping, actually, with the dark themes that dominated 2012’s Perilous, “Cool Air” also provides a nice respite as we await the next iteration of Glass Hammer.

Susie Bogdanowicz, who last sung with the band some three years ago, has returned to the fold. Former singer Carl Groves is also working with Glass Hammer again, and is contributing lyrics for a forthcoming album along with Schendel, Babb and author Robert Low. Davison is involved with the recording, but has had a lesser role in Glass Hammer of late after taking over as lead singer with Yes.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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