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      LOVEHAMMERS' triumphant new disc, HEAVY CROWN, restores faith that heartfelt rock and roll can still thrive. With an inimitable and unpretentious sound, Chicago's homegrown heroes punch out an album of thought-provoking, hook-injected airwave contenders that are long on hooks and incendiary riffs.

      "Heavy Crown is Lovehammers firing on all cylinders," says bassist Dino Kourelis. From the explosive opening salvo "Guns" to the soaring "Honest I'll Wait," Lovehammers nail a variety of approaches with expert finesse. With sonic jewels like "Your Time, My Time" and the infectious "Oh My Baby" forging a direct line to the any self-respecting rock music fan, Heavy Crown offers a refreshing respite from today's over-compartmentalized musical climate.

      Yet for all of its creative achievements, Heavy Crown carries some of the weight that its title suggests. Lovehammers have survived the blessings and curses that came their way when vocalist Marty Casey became a household name, earning the adoration of millions of television viewers as the runner-up on the 2005 reality series 'Rockstar INXS'. Casey, guitarist Billy Sawilchik, bassist Dino Kourelis and drummer Bobby Kourelis found themselves the recipients of a major label deal that didn't live up to its promise. As it worked to wrangle itself out of a series of unfavorable business arrangements, the foursome's decade-plus loyalty to one another was tested.

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