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Glass Hammer

Glass Hammer
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Glass Hammer is an American progressive rock band from Chattanooga, Tennessee. They formed in 1992 when multi-instrumentalists Steve Babb (then known as "Stephen DeArqe") 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 The Lord of the Rings. To their surprise, the album sold several thousand units via the Internet, TV home shopping, and phone orders, and Babb and Schendel were 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 men play a variety of instruments, but Babb mainly concentrates on bass guitar and keyboards while Schendel also plays keyboards as well as 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 (most notably Michelle Young, Walter Moore,Susie Bogdanowicz and Jon Davison) have also handled lead vocal duties.
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Glass Hammer — The Breaking of the World Glass Hammer — The Breaking of the World
(Arion SR3423, 2015, CD)
Glass Hammer — Double Live Glass Hammer — Double Live
(Arion SR3522, 2015, 2CD+DVD)
Glass Hammer — Ode to Echo Glass Hammer — Ode to Echo
(Arion SR 3324, 2014, CD)
Glass Hammer — Perilous Glass Hammer — Perilous
(Sound Resources SR3027, 2012, CD)
Glass Hammer — Cor Cordium Glass Hammer — Cor Cordium
(Arion SR2921, 2011, CD)
Glass Hammer — If Glass Hammer — If
(Arion SR1924, 2010, CD)
Glass Hammer — Three Cheers for the Broken Hearted Glass Hammer — Three Cheers for the Broken Hearted
(Arion SR 2624, 2009, CD)
Glass Hammer — Culture of Ascent Glass Hammer — Culture of Ascent
(Arion SR1825, 2007, CD)
Glass Hammer — The Inconsolable Secret Glass Hammer — The Inconsolable Secret
(Arion SR1320, 2005, 2CD)
Glass Hammer — Shadowlands Glass Hammer — Shadowlands
(Arion SR1122, 2004, CD)
Glass Hammer — Lex Live Glass Hammer — Lex Live
(no#, 2003, DVD)
Glass Hammer — Lex Rex Glass Hammer — Lex Rex
(Arion SR1123, 2002, CD)
Glass Hammer — The Middle Earth Album Glass Hammer — The Middle Earth Album
(Sound Resources SR1311, 2001, CD)
Glass Hammer — Chronometree Glass Hammer — Chronometree
(Arion SR9000, 2000, CD)
Glass Hammer — On to Evermore: The Story of Arianna and the Sculptor Glass Hammer — On to Evermore: The Story of Arianna and the Sculptor
(Arion SR1127, 1998, CD)
Various Artists — Camel Tribute - Harbour of Joy Various Artists — Camel Tribute - Harbour of Joy
(Mellow MMP 229A/B, 1996, 2CD)
Glass Hammer — Perelandra Glass Hammer — Perelandra
(Arion no#, 1995, CD)
Glass Hammer — Journey of the Dunadan Glass Hammer — Journey of the Dunadan
(Arion 7690511111120, 1993, CD)
Glass Hammer — One Glass Hammer — One
(Arion SR2723, 1992/2010, CD)
Glass Hammer — Alive and Revived Glass Hammer — Alive and Revived
(*, 0, CD)

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