Review: Dead Hand – Storm Of Demiurge (2015)

Dead Hand is a sludge/doom band on the label Third I Rex.  I gave their new album, Storm of Demiurge multiple listens and enjoyed it every time.  This 5-piece from Georgia has the sludge down when they want to, but they also incorporate a lot of post-metal tendencies which brings the doom and contemplative atmospheres.   I’m hearing a lot of doom with the ebbs and flows similar to bands like YOB or ISIS even.  (Bands with all capital letters…)  The heavy guitars parts have a nice and crunchy tone and the vocals fit great in the mix.  The vocals, along with the rest of the band, sound a lot like Cult of Luna’s earlier work, especially on “Trailed by Wolves 14:12”.  The double kicks are used very sparingly, which would be a great way to emphasize the heaviness, if only they were more prominent in the mix.

Although Storm of Demiurge is not pushing any boundary too far, it is a very consistent album with no filler tracks.  Dead Hand know how to find a meaningful chord progression and they know how to build it up.  This makes them a very promising band. (Bill Masino)

(6 Tracks, 47:00)



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