Hand To Hand: A Perfect Way To Say Goodbye
Hand To Hand - A Perfect Way To Say Goodbye - [LifeForce Records]


For a band whose fate seems to be as a melodic metal core band based on the past of its members, Hand In Hand do not disappoint, but rather, embrace and make the most of a genre that seems to be somewhat of an oxymoron.

Combing the harsh metal core vocals that are usually recognized as the genre's trademark with some excellent emo ones, their vocalist, Robert Kellom, is the shining diamond in their crown of excellence.

Musically the band creates an emotional rollercoaster of well built metal core, brilliant riffs with a great melodic edge, and a fine rhythm section that adds depth to the band's well crafted mix.

Sound wise they have their heart in the right place as well, not overly produced as some bands opt to do these days, but rather a warm and efficient sound, leaving the drums and guitars to speak for themselves, and since the musicianship is good enough to stand on its own, the sound does the best thing it can do, and just lets them shine through.

Some of the riffs here are truly stellar, the ones on Allude are among the best metal core riffs I've heard, and the movement from harsh, more aggressive passages to the melodic, emotional chorus are done with finesse.

All in all, this is a really good album, aggressive enough for the more metal oriented, melodic enough for the rock inclined, and just plain good music for just about anybody.

Alon Miasnikov

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