MENU
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

HAND

Experimental/Post Metal • United Kingdom


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

hAND picture
hAND biography
hAND are a 3-piece Progressive Alternative/Gothic Metal band from Sussex, England. They have been producing high-quality, intelligent and powerful music with lulling melodies, epic riffs, huge contrasts and passionate vocals.

Founded by Kat WARD and Kieren JOHNSTONE in 2004, hAND originated as a rock/metal/electronica duo. Releasing their first EP 'Chapters' under this guise the band looked to evolve and grow. Early in 2006 local drummer Cris NELSON joined the band and the music took on a heavier more progressive edge. The second EP 'Shadow: Word Pain' showed off the new sound, with great reviews and a new sponsorship with Mapex drums the band soon landed their first record deal with Copro Records in 2007.

Recording at Philia Studios with producer Nick Hemingway, the debut album 'Deadroom Journal' was a turning point for the band. Receiving high praise from UK and international press, this saw them playing gigs all over the country supporting acts such as 3RD ROOM (Italy), AYIN ALEPH (France), OCTAVIA SPERATI (Norway) and DELAIN (Netherlands) as well as earning them future festival appearances at Damsels of Destruction (Headlining), Femme Metal Festival and Fest-fatale.

In December 2008 hAND signed to Femme Metal Records. Eagerly working on the follow up to Deadroom Journal, the second album 'Breathing' was recorded in September 2010, featuring exclusive artwork designed by Gustavo SAZES (ARCH ENEMY, MANOWAR) and released through Femme Metal Records.

Biography from the bands's homesite, edited by Bonnek

hAND official website

HAND MP3, Free Download (music stream)


Open extended player in a new pop-up window | Random Playlist (50) | How to submit new MP3s
No MP3/Stream available for this artist.
Collaborate with Progarchives.com, learn how to submit new MP3s.

HAND forum topics / tours, shows & news


HAND forum topics Create a topic now
HAND tours, shows & news Post an entries now

HAND Videos (YouTube and more)


Showing only random 3 | Search and add more videos to HAND

Buy HAND Music


Right Now on Ebay (logo)
Steven Wilson:Hand Cannot Erase (a5 UK 2015 tour flyer) USD $1.37 [0 bids]
2h 32m
Ravel Concerto For Left Hand Gavrilov - Piano / Rattle HMV EMI 29 0325 1 LP EX USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2h 34m
Alltta - The Upper Hand [New CD] Digipack Packaging USD $20.21 Buy It Now 2h 34m
45- GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS- "WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE"- DJ- MINT USD $2.99 Buy It Now 2h 36m
Hand Built by Robots by Newton Faulkner (CD, Jul-2007, Ugly Truth) USD $5.24 Buy It Now 2h 39m
Black Hand Inn (Expanded Version) (2017 - Remaster), Running Wild CD | 405053827 USD $13.42 Buy It Now 2h 47m
Son Of Dog / Schnauzer Split EP 7" Vinyl Record 1995 Hand Numbered #614/666 Rare USD $19.99 Buy It Now 2h 52m
7" Vinyl Record, Cliff Richard, Little Town / Love & a Helping Hand, emi5348 USD $2.76 Buy It Now 2h 52m
First Hand 1992 by Chapman,Steven Curti - Disc Only No Case USD $3.01 Buy It Now 2h 53m
Hand Built By Robots, , Very Good CD USD $2.98 Buy It Now 2h 55m
UNKLE Hold My Hand 12" Vinyl w Trouble inParadise Mix DJ Shadow War Stories USD $6.91 [0 bids]
2h 59m
BEATLES AMERICAN ISSUED 7'' I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND IN VG+ CON USD $3.81 [2 bids]
2h 59m
CONEY HATCH Outa Hand 1983 LP Album Record Vinyl US MERCURY 422-812 869-1 M-1 USD $3.89 Buy It Now 3h
THE BEATLES - I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND PARLOPHONE FIRST PRESS R 5084 7" SINGLE USD $1.73 [0 bids]
3h 2m
NEW ORDER 7" & P/S (TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD) ON FAC 193/7 IN EX++ CONDITION USD $4.15 [0 bids]
3h 3m
Magic collection by Cher | CD | second hand USD $1.38 Buy It Now 3h 4m
SEALED Hand Signed LP autographed record Rockwell King MY ROOM NUDE sand bar USD $29.99 Buy It Now 3h 5m
Original hand signed photo of Suzanne Vega 12 x 8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $138.40 [0 bids]
3h 7m
BARBRA STREISAND "SECOND HAND ROSE" 45 RPM USD $2.99 [0 bids]
3h 7m
Original hand signed photo of Lionel Richie 12 x 8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $200.77 [0 bids]
3h 7m
PINK / P!NK:::CONCERT FLYER:::I'M NOT DEAD TOUR:::"U + UR HAND" PROMO POSTCARD USD $3.45 [0 bids]
3h 7m
Original hand signed photo of Vanessa Mae 10.5 x 8 in mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $159.23 [0 bids]
3h 8m
Hand signed photo of Sting 10.5 x 8 inches mounted, taken by Mel Longhurst USD $77.54 [0 bids]
3h 8m
Original hand signed photo Belinda Carlisle 11x7.4 in mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $186.93 [0 bids]
3h 8m
Original hand signed photo of Tori Amos 10.7 x 8 inch mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $326.78 [0 bids]
3h 8m
Twin-Hand Movement by Lower Dens (Vinyl, Aug-2015, Ribbon Music) USD $17.03 Buy It Now 3h 8m
Original hand signed photo of Suzanne Vega 11 x 8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $159.23 [0 bids]
3h 8m
Original hand signed photo of Debbie Harry 10.75x8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $222.93 [0 bids]
3h 9m
MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS ?Jimmy Mack /Third Finger,Left Hand 1967 Tamla TMG 599 UK USD $2.42 [0 bids]
3h 9m
Original hand signed photo of Ralph McTell 9.7 x 8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $121.85 [0 bids]
3h 9m
Original hand signed photo of Vanessa Mae 11.9 x 8 in mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $92.77 [0 bids]
3h 9m
MADONNA JAPANESES 3 SMALL HAND BILLS FOR FILMS FOUR ROOMS , EVITA ,A LEAGUE OF USD $4.14 [0 bids]
3h 10m
THE BEATLES " I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND " / "THIS BOY " R 5084 - EX USD $6.91 [0 bids]
3h 10m
Pair of new Zildjian drum sticks hand signed To Mel by Nick Mason of Pink Floyd USD $163.32 [0 bids]
3h 10m
Original hand signed photo of Lionel Richie 11.5x8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $186.93 [0 bids]
3h 11m
Original hand signed photo of Andy Bell 11.75 x 8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $135.63 [0 bids]
3h 11m
Original hand signed photo of Suzanne Vega 12 x 8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $148.16 [0 bids]
3h 11m
Original hand signed photo of Courtney Pine 11.9x8 in mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $138.40 [0 bids]
3h 12m
Original hand signed photo of Rick Parfitt 12 x 8 inch mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $296.32 [0 bids]
3h 12m
Original hand signed photo of Mark Knopfler 12 x 8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $294.93 [0 bids]
3h 12m
Original hand signed photo of Celine Dion 12 x 7.8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $260.31 [0 bids]
3h 13m
Original hand signed photo of Debbie Harry 11 x 8 inch mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $256.16 [0 bids]
3h 13m
Ben Harper Poster, Hand Printed Limited Edition From America USD $34.62 [0 bids]
3h 13m
BUDDY CLARK I KISS YOUR HAND MADAME / THEY'RE MINE 78 Columbia 37592 1947 USD $14.95 Buy It Now 3h 16m
Hand signed photo of Eagle Eye Cherry 9.9 x 8 inches mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $62.31 [0 bids]
3h 20m
Original hand signed photo of The Prodigy 12 x 8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $202.16 [0 bids]
3h 21m
Original hand signed photo of Tony Bennett 10.9 x 8 in mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $156.47 [0 bids]
3h 21m
Hand signed photo of Sting in concert 10.1 x 8 inches mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $73.39 [0 bids]
3h 21m
Original hand signed photo of Don Williams 11 x 8 inch mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $257.54 [0 bids]
3h 22m
Hand signed photo Suzanne Vega in concert 8.4 x 8 inch mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $103.78 [0 bids]
3h 22m
Original hand signed photo of Robert Smith 12 x 8 inch mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $191.08 [0 bids]
3h 23m
Hand signed photo of Eagle Eye Cherry 10.4 x 8 inches mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $55.39 [0 bids]
3h 24m
TUNEDGE COMPOSER SERIES - COM 5200 - SLOW HAND - CD USD $0.01 [0 bids]
3h 24m
Hand signed photo of Eagle Eye Cherry 10.5 x 8 inches mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $55.39 [0 bids]
3h 24m
Original hand signed photo of Errol Brown 10.4 x 8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $189.70 [0 bids]
3h 27m
Original hand signed photo of Paul Weller 12 x 8 inch mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $138.40 [0 bids]
3h 28m
Original hand signed photo of Ian Anderson 10.8 x 8 in mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $257.54 [0 bids]
3h 28m
Original hand signed photo of Errol Brown 10.5 x 8 inch mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $185.54 [0 bids]
3h 29m
Original hand signed photo of Francis Rossi 11.4 x 8 in mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $152.24 [0 bids]
3h 31m
Original hand signed photo of Rick Parfitt 11.1 x 8 in mounted by Mel Longhurst USD $276.86 [0 bids]
3h 31m
Original hand signed photo of Rick Parfitt 11.9 x 8 in mounted, by Mel Longhurst USD $276.86 [0 bids]
3h 31m
FRANKIE PAUL "HAND CART MAN" 1987 UK PRESS LP (REGGAE) USD $8.29 [0 bids]
3h 40m
The Dear Janes ?- Girl Of Your Dreams/My Guilty Hand Castle JANES1 UK CD Single USD $12.42 [0 bids]
3h 42m
Jake Bugg Hand Signed 12x8 Photo Two Fingers, Lightning Bolt, Broken 1. USD $41.53 Buy It Now 3h 42m
Jake Bugg Hand Signed 12x8 Photo Two Fingers, Lightning Bolt, Broken 2. USD $41.53 Buy It Now 3h 43m
Seamus Fogarty - The Curious Hand - 11 Track USD $4.00 [0 bids]
3h 43m
NEWTON FAULKNER - Hand Built By Robots - 2007 CD Album *FREE UK POSTAGE* USD $5.52 [0 bids]
3h 44m
Jake Bugg Hand Signed 12x8 Photo Two Fingers, Lightning Bolt, Broken 4. USD $41.53 Buy It Now 3h 45m
Glen Campbell-The Hand That Rocks The Cradle / Arkansas-45rpm-1987-VG+ USD $1.99 Buy It Now 3h 46m
Toby Lark Shake A Hand Twenty Four Hours US Cotillion Promo 45-44025 USD $27.68 [0 bids]
3h 46m
CANNABIS CORPSE Left Hand Pass LP NEW death-metal Season Of Mist USD $23.99 Buy It Now 3h 48m
40609 UniWheatus Hand Over Your Loved Ones [NEW & SEALED] CD (2003) USD $11.06 Buy It Now 3h 49m
Jake Bugg Hand Signed 12x8 Photo Two Fingers, Lightning Bolt, Broken 6. USD $41.53 Buy It Now 3h 49m
US3 HAND ON THE TORCH BLUE NOTE B1-80883 US VINYL LP USD $38.00 [12 bids]
3h 50m
STJEPKO GUT & BIG BAND RTB JAZZ '86 HAND SIGNED LP MINT USD $41.24 Buy It Now 3h 51m
Billy Vera With Pen In Hand LP Atlantic Records VG+ IN Shrink USD $9.95 Buy It Now 3h 52m
DICKIE VALENTINE, ONE MORE SUNRISE (MORGEN) / YOU TOUCH MY HAND. 1959 PYE SINGLE USD $1.37 Buy It Now 3h 53m
The Beatles ~ I Want To Hold Your Hand ~ P/S ~ Mint Vinyl USD $13.85 [0 bids]
3h 55m
GENTLE GIANT Free Hand CD Alucard label 2009 album first released 1975 Shulman USD $4.14 [1 bids]
3h 55m
CANDI STATON "NOW YOU'VE GOT THE UPPER HAND" ORIGINAL NORTHERN SOUL VERSION! USD $5.52 Buy It Now 3h 56m
The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand 1963 7" Parlophone R 5084 USD $6.91 [0 bids]
3h 57m
STEVEN WILSON TO THE BONE HAND SIGNED CD NEW PLEASE SEE PICTURES USD $38.76 Buy It Now 3h 58m
SKY2 Double LP album. Hand signed by JOHN WILLIAMS + 4 USD $37.11 [0 bids]
USD $775.40 Buy It Now
3h 59m
The Upper Hand - ALLTTA - New USD $30.16 Buy It Now 4h
GIV DIN HAND CD USD $6.91 [0 bids]
4h
Rick Springfield Take A Hand PROMO 45 Mono/Stereo NM USD $4.95 Buy It Now 4h 7m
DUBCHAIRMAN & SECOND HAND BAND - MANGA OST *MUSIC FROM RUSSIAN MOVIE USD $9.99 Buy It Now 4h 10m
BEATLES I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND JAPAN ODEON OR-1041 REDWAX 3RD SLEEVE 400YEN USD $680.00 [0 bids]
4h 15m
The Hi-Lo's On Hand Starlite 7008/ 1956 Original Pressing USD $61.75 Buy It Now 4h 17m
Various Artists, Dea - Dead Man's Hand / Various [New CD] USD $24.81 Buy It Now 4h 20m
Cool Hand Luke - Live at the Brown Owl [New CD] USD $12.25 Buy It Now 4h 20m
Hear! Blues 78 Bobby "Blue" Bland - You Got Me / Loan A Helping Hand On Duke USD $20.00 Buy It Now 4h 20m
VIC DANA DANGER / HEART HAND AND TEARDROP UK LIBERTY LIB 73 EX COPY USD $6.91 [0 bids]
4h 22m
Cruel Hand-Lock & Key CD NEW USD $11.50 Buy It Now 4h 27m
DAN TILLBERG Ta Min Hand Swedish 45PS 1985 Eurovision Melodifestivalen USD $8.83 Buy It Now 4h 29m
KYLIE MINOGUE - 12 INCH - HAND ON YOUR HEART USD $17.99 Buy It Now 4h 31m
THE BEATLES - I Want To Hold Your Hand - 1963 UK first issue 7" vinyl single USD $137.08 Buy It Now 4h 32m
TIM WHEELER (ASH) HAND SIGNED POSTER - RARE - AUTOGRAPHED USD $1.37 [0 bids]
4h 36m
BAND OF THE HAND ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK LP BOB DYLAN THE REDS MCA-6167 USD $7.48 Buy It Now 4h 37m
KYLIE MINOGUE-ENJOY YOURSELF-CD/HAND ON YOUR HEART/TEARS ON MY PILLOW/80S/PWL USD $1.37 [0 bids]
4h 39m

More places to buy HAND music online Buy HAND & Prog Rock Digital Music online:
HAND has no upcoming shows, according to LAST.FM syndicated events and shows feed

HAND discography


Ordered by release date | Showing ratings (top albums) | Help Progarchives.com to complete the discography and add albums

HAND top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 2 ratings
Deadroom Journal
2008
3.51 | 7 ratings
Breathing
2011
0.00 | 0 ratings
Kintsugi
2014

HAND Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

HAND Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

HAND Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

HAND Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

0.00 | 0 ratings
Chapters
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Shadow : Word Pain
2007

HAND Reviews


Showing last 10 reviews only
 Breathing by HAND album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.51 | 7 ratings

BUY
Breathing
hAND Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Bonnek
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars Post-metal, or rather "Progressive post-punk metal" from the UK. It's not even remotely a genre but just an inadequate attempt to kick this artist in some kind of box, fitting or not.

The combination of Prog with Goth has a couple of forerunners such The Gathering, Tiamat, Katatonia or Nightingale, but none of those are technical as confident as hAND, who display a mathematical precision in the riffing and rhythm section. It sets them apart from their forerunners, and certainly miles away from the more straightforward Goth Metal of Lacuna Coil and the likes. The Gothic element is quite subtle actually, but it sure exists, in Kat's whisper shoegaze vocals, in that tiny bit of reverb on the guitars, in the preference for loud kick drums and various effects such as chorus and delay. In fact there's one classic Goth-Rock band they really remind me off, and that's All About Eve, which is probably due to Kat's vocals. But the most obvious comparison when it comes to their progressive metal influences is surely Katatonia.

These references may be helpful but they are not conclusive. This is really a very original, unique and also challenging album. The capricious style of the music took a really long time to sink in, and it has taken me about 3 months before I felt sure I was ready to finally review the album. Maybe the songs could benefit from a couple of more memorable melodies as - upon the first few listens - my attention tended to drift away by the end of the album. But eventually, this has proven to be a very strong album, be it one that will probably be discarded too quickly by many. There's always tens of other albums to check right...

This is a most welcome and original release in a metal world cluttered with copy-cats. The album would probably have been more successful if it would have had some catchy easy 'songs' instead of the relentless math-rock riff-galore that we now get, but on the other hand, it's guaranteed to be a continued discovery with each listen.

 Breathing by HAND album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.51 | 7 ratings

BUY
Breathing
hAND Experimental/Post Metal

Review by J-Man
Prog Reviewer

3 stars With their second full-length outing, British trio hAND sets out to create an album different from your average female-fronted metal effort. Rather than opting for the standard symphonic/gothic sound where the instruments are only used to showcase the vocalist's talents, hAND instead makes a very band-oriented effort with Breathing. Kat Ward's angelic vocals, backed by strong musicianship across the board, immediately set hAND apart from your average female-fronted metal group, and their atmospheric prog metal style further distances them from the herds of "Epicas" floating around in the heavy metal world. Despite Breathing's tendency to sound a bit too conventional at times, this is a very promising effort from a band with plenty to offer.

I'd describe the music on Breathing as a cross between progressive metal, doom metal, and gothic metal. The vocals throughout the full duration and dark piano parts on "Flee" hint towards goth metal, while technical guitar passages and time signature shifts, as well as quite a few doomy riffs, set hAND apart from most gothic metal outfits. The band's unique approach to progressive metal is ultimately their strongest asset, although the musicianship is also excellent across the board. Kieren Johnstone's excellent guitar work immediately proves that hAND are much more than simply a vehicle to drive vocal melodies, and Cris Nelson's expressive drumming is also noteworthy. Kat Ward's vocals, though possibly a bit too tame for my tastes, are also excellent and it's clear that she has a great set of pipes. Her bass playing takes a bit more of a backseat on Breathing and it's generally fairly simplistic, but the music generally doesn't demand super-technical bass playing in the first place.

In terms of songwriting, hAND could still use a bit of improvement. It's apparent that the band does know how to write solid riffs - there are quite a few of those on Breathing - but the vocal melodies are often a bit monotonous and lack enough memorability to truly make this a wonderful experience. Variation within the arrangements is also kept to a minimum, and can get a bit dull towards the end of the album's playing time. It's a bit of a shame - the compositions themselves are varied and unique from one another, but the dull production and lack of instrumental variation really give the album an added edge of monotony.

Even though the melodies and arrangements could use a bit of work, Breathing's pros certainly outweigh its cons and it currently stands as a unique changeup in the prog metal world. hAND are a promising act and, with some work in the aforementioned areas, their next outing could really be something special. People looking for something different than your average female-fronted metal act should still find plenty of enjoyment from Breathing - I know I did. 3 stars are deserved for this solid and promising effort.

 Breathing by HAND album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.51 | 7 ratings

BUY
Breathing
hAND Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 'Breathing' - hAND (6/10)

In metal, having a female-fronted band can be a bit of a touchy and looked down upon subject. Although there are certainly quite a few wonderful exceptions to this- far too often, bands will opt to have a female front them in the hopes that the added sex appeal will help attract listeners, or sell a few more shirts. Of course, this trend results in a great deal of half- baked acts, especially in the symphonic metal realm. hAND is a UK act that seeks to break this unwelcome convention by offering an atmospheric style of metal that truly benefits by having a female at the helm. Indeed, the voice of Kat Ward is a large part of this band's sound, but thankfully, hAND is quite a bit more than a vessel for her talents as a vocalist. On the other hand, while 'Breathing' is certainly an artistically credible venture with the band's passion readily evident, it might not be quite enough to bring the female-fronted stigma tumbling down altogether.

As I have said, hAND is a very band-focused and balanced collaboration between the three members. Although Kat Ward fronts the band with her higher register voice, the guitars and drums take just as much of a chunk out of the sound. In fact, the only thing that isn't heard of much is Ward's bass, which when heard, is fairly simplistic, but generally washed out by the rest of the mix. In terms of style, the gothic metal style does seem to suit it best; melancholic riffs and doomy passages rumbling under angelic vocals make up alot of what hAND has to offer. Besides that, there are some more drawn out instrumental moments, and even sections where the band briefly experiments with strange guitar sounds and dissonance. Expect nothing quite so experimental or progressive from these guys though; although they are labelled as a progressive metal act, the band is more rooted in convention than not. This is not necessarily a deterrent to their quality as artists though, because it is clear that they are capable of writing some great ideas.

hAND are not yet experts at writing memorable melodies, but they are very good with powerful chord changes. Although this may seem trivial to some, the doomy, slower sound of the band makes these changes all the more dramatic, and the beautiful layers of guitar that Kieren Johnstone works overtop the chords may very well be the best thing that hAND has to offer. The drums here are well played and dynamic even- something that I cannot say for many metal drummers- but the production makes the drum tone sound cold and distant. Although all three musicians play with feeling, the production feels triggered and mechanical, and I have a feeling that alot of the passion that they obviously put into the music here was lost in the translation to recording.

'Breathing' is a good album, and hAND is a promising act. Although I have never been one for the gothic sound in metal, 'Breathing' does meet its mark where it counts, although there are still quite a few things that bog them down. If hAND are able to address the issues in production and sharpen their craftsmanship with melodies, it could be very interesting to see where this band goes.

 Breathing by HAND album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.51 | 7 ratings

BUY
Breathing
hAND Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Andy Webb
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

4 stars Supersonic

Hand (curiously typed hAND officially) is a relatively new band originating in Sussex, England. Originally formed as an electronic duo, the band eventually evolved into a creative and exciting blend of alternative rock, gothic metal, and doom metal with a distinct progressive overtone. The music, with the Gothic twinge lead by the singer/bassist Kat Ward, gives an exciting new dynamic to an oftentimes rather dull genre as the band's latest album, Breathless, amply displays. The melancholic tracks on the album burst with passion and drive, pushing the album to new heights of sonic enjoyment. This fantastic new release will keep most listeners tuned into the music, and I highly recommend it.

The most obvious feature of this album that stands out to me is the presence of female vocals - not a common sight in most metal, and almost unheard of in the progressive metal scene. Although many bands who utilize female vocals don't really click with me, as oftentimes they cannot match the power of the music or do not fit the feel of the composition, hAND wonderfully fuses the style of Ward's vocals with the feeling of the music, making for a very pleasant and engaging dynamic to the already impressive music. The vocal sections are mellow and laid back, which matches her vocals perfectly, and the instrumental side of the music rises up to meet the challenge with often times more complex and upbeat songwriting.

The instrumental side of the album, as I said, completes the album in the way a yin and yang is a complete circle. The vocal side is mellow and laid back, with a few exceptions, while the instrumental is heavier with more intense and "metal" roots, making the album a wonderfully dynamic composition. The music is simple and subtle, powerful yet reserved, and melancholic and uplifting. It isn't overly virtuosic, yet has enough skill and passion in it to give it punch and power. Each of the three members contributes a quintessential part to the music, which makes the music seem full and complete, which is often difficult to manage with only three instruments contributing to the music.

In the end, the music presents itself as a manifestation of the band's maturity; the song writing is complex enough as to be progressive and enjoyable yet not overcomplex, the production of the album is clean as so the album has great production yet is not slick and unlistenable, and the lyrics are enjoyable and deep enough as not to seem ambiguous. The nine tracks display an incredible amount of diversity with countless influences and atmospheres meshing as one coherent piece of music. The band has certainly done a wonderful job with this album! 4 stars.

Thanks to bonnek for the artist addition.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives