• Brutal Hand - s/t (8,5/10) - USA - 2004

    29 May 2007, 02:08 by VenoM_BM

    Genre: Heavy Metal
    Label: Self-production
    Playing time: 63:37


    01. March of the Condemned
    02. 1314
    03. The Tenant
    04. Room to Breath
    05. Never Be Your Fool
    06. The Hour
    07. Brutal Hands
    08. In the Heart of the Young
    09. Red Lightning
    10. To Hell In a Limousine
    11. Battle In the Sky
    12. Focus

    Recently I gave the first album of BRUTAL HAND another spin and it blew me away right from the start. I don't know why I wasn't that excited when I listened to it the first time but in the meantime, I have to say, that this one rocks. The band delivers pure Heavy Metal with a cold, gloomy atmosphere on this self financed album.

    The guitars, in contrary, are really hot and the strong, not overly bombastic melodies are breathtaking. Their sound is somewhere between RATT (just listen to "Room To Breath"), PANTERA in their "I Am The Night"-era and restrained METAL CHURCH. Especially vocalist Brad Bowles reminds me often of Mike Howe (ex-HERETIC, ex-METAL CHURCH).