Hands’ bio describes their sound as “Rock and Roll meets ambient Hardcore and warm silvery singing rivals hardcore screams.” After listening to their debut disc Creator numerous times, I believe this description is one hundred percent accurate. The seamless melding of extremely melodic guitar parts with a vocalist who can switches between a hardcore scream and a smooth clean vocal is quite impressive.
I was sold on this disc from the first song “Hurricanes.” I really dig the fact that even though the band has tons of punk influences, the tunes for the most part, are slower in tempo than I was expecting. I like a good heavy disc for sure, but it is the speed of things that sometimes turns me off. When things get too fast and extreme I usually find myself losing interest.
The first time listening through the disc I found myself anticipating what was to come next. There are so many dimensions working in these songs that I found it hard to take it all in. The next few times I listened through from start to finish trying to appreciate all of the little nuances that are going on. The harmonies both instrumental and vocal are fantastic; there are some really long songs on this disc, (“Creator” clocks in at over twenty-three minutes long) but honestly they are never boring and as a matter of fact they held my attention for the entire time. At times, this disc seems like a Death Metal Record, at others, it feels like a punk record and still at others, it is a heavy almost experimental metal disc; complete with some lengthy instrumental jams of sorts.
Honestly, Creator is a terrific record start to finish. With so many different influences at work on this disc there is guaranteed to be something of interest for virtually every fan of heavy music. I suggest picking this disc up. [ END ]
04. The Heavens And The Earth
05. Of The Flesh
06. Robed Of Majesty
07. The Least Of These
Run Time: 74:14