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Review: Hands of Despair - Hereafter
Hands of Despair

Label: Independent
Year released: 2011
Duration: 55:48
Tracks: 6
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: February 12, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)

Death Metal on the melodic side is the name of the game for Canada's Hands of Despair. Their debut Hereafter is a mixed bag of typical Death Metal growls and relentless riffing and, for lack of a better word, more experimental elements. There are lots of lonely, sparse guitar parts, drenched with echo, that bring to mind minimalistic Black Metal. Some of the quieter passages are accompanied with clean singing to go along with the thunderous growls. There is quite a bit of melody, regardless of the tempo, which sometimes winds up to near-blast beat speed. All in all, Hereafter reminds me of Agalloch more than a little bit. The biggest downside is that the second half of the album sounds a lot like the stuff you heard on the first half. Nevertheless, Hereafter is ambitious and well played.

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