Release DetailsLABEL Life Sentence
RELEASED ON 1/28/2003
With Dead Hands Rising
posted on 1/2003 By:
Metalcore/Hardcore is often a genre where I can easily go back and forth between which bands I like and dislike. Quite a few bands that fall under these guidelines have decided to incorporate this new clean-singing emo stuff into their music because that's what the kids like now-days. Since I don't follow these genres as heavily as I do extreme metal it's a nice treat to find a band that is able to incorporate some rather melodic elements while not compromising the heaviness of the music. With Dead Hands Rising is one of these bands.
With Dead Hands Rising contains elements of (of course) hardcore, Swedish metal, and even sometimes straightforward American Death. In between the crushing breakdowns you'll often find well played clean riffs (accompanied by flowing bass lines), which usually have very dark feeling undertones which then lead you back into the crunch delivered by guitarists Ned Tieche and Ty Inhofer. As I mentioned above the bass playing, done by Matt Petersen is played rather well and does a good job of creating the dark sound with the guitars during the clean moments. The vokills by Colin Strandberg range from all-out death growl to the high pitched hardcore scream to the occasional spoken word. The drums on here are played rather well, but the band has recently gotten a better skilled drummer after this was recorded who helps complete the whole package.
The production is solid and by no means hinders the music. The guitars sound great, especially the clean parts. The drums sound solid with the double kicks being powerful. Despite this the production isn't perfect, but still works well with the album. Behind Inquisition is a crushing album from an up and coming band. From the comical intro right into the ultimate crush of "Capture the Plague" to the final melodic instrumental outro, this is a solid release that delivers. Some of my favorite tracks on here are "Capture the Plague", "Tourniquet Girl" and "Behind Inquisition". I would of course recommend this to anyone who's a fan of metalcore/hardcore type stuff, but even to anyone who just plain likes music filled with aggression. Definitely worth checking out.
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