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Review: No Hand Path - An Existence Regained
No Hand Path
An Existence Regained

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 59:33
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: March 20, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.64/5 (72.86%) (14 Votes)

No Hand Path's An Existence Regained is a Black Metal album that should appeal to a wide variety of fans. The meat of the album consists of Immortal-style BM including insanely fast drums, mid-range screeches and slower tempos that let the musical abilities of the band show through. Like Immortal, No Hand Path sticks to more riff-oriented guitars, versus the typical tremolo picking. While this does nothing to soften the songs, it does give casual fans a little more purchase when trying to assimilate An Existence Regained. No Hand Path also adds some atmospheric, slower passages with mournful, clean vocals, similar, in my mind, to Agalloch. An Existence Regained is fast and crushing without being grating.

There's nothing new on An Existence Regained, but the band successfully mines the ground trail blazed by Immortal and Agalloch. They combine the two sounds into something that, while not truly unique, is definitely their own. All but the purest of Black Metal fans should find something they like on An Existence Regained.

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