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  • Audio CD (11 Mar. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: KOCH Records
  • ASIN: B000AA4IQW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Horse The Band ~ Mechanical Hand

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Master J. M. Heyes on 20 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe no-one has reviewed this album!

It's very difficult to describe with words the sound of HTB. They have been dubbed "nintendocore" but i would describe them as "experimental metalcore" (wikipedia got it right for once).

Basically, they are brilliant! I love original, daring music, and that is very much what HTB deliver. I also love bands who don't take themselves too seriously, and HTB's lyrics are hilarious, clever, and fit their style perfectly. Normally I like a bit of melody in my music but despite frontman Nathan Winneke's complete failure to sing well, the music that accompanies his video-game themed rants is so energetic, euphoric and ecstatically brilliant that I really don't care!

I'm not a huge fan of video games, especially original 8bit nintendo game boy ones, but if this had accompanied Mario through his adventures I certainly would be! The 8bit synth sounds are used with awesome effect, especially in the fantastic "A Million Exploding Suns", where it is treated as an actual solo instrument rather than an accompaniment or background noise.

Frantic, irresistibly moshable tracks such as "House of Boo" are simply inspirational - the downright frightening breakdown makes me think of terrifying black and white old school horror movies. Hilarious are the moments when Winneke emits a scream akin to a skewered schoolgirl.

Like many bands of its kind, Horse the Bands relentless, in your face violence can tire, but still they manage to produce an album of 100% solid tracks, with simply awesome stand-outs such as "Octopus on Fire" with its array of brilliant guitar riffs, sing along screams, perfectly crafted breakdowns of varying intensity and power, start-stops and schizophrenic fills.
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By Adam30 on 16 July 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Loved this album a step in the right direction from the first album. Still original but seemed to flow a bit better. Looking forward to more horse the band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
More or Less 4 Jun. 2006
By Norm Loman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Out of the 13 tracks, 10 are quite amazing, but three seemed forgettable. The album kept shifting between really ingeneous sections and lame predictable riffs. As a whole, the Album doesn't seem as memorable or new as their earlier work, but there are definatley some songs on the CD that stand out, such as "Taken by Vultures", "Birdo", and "Soaring Quails".

If you are already a fan of Horse the Band, give this album a try. It is on this album that the band really emphasizes their metal influences, and polishes their songwriting a bit. Otherwise, if you are new to the band, try getting R. Borlax or something else. "The Mechanical Hand" just doesn't have the consistency nor the comprehensivness that is displayed on that album, and thus, does not serve as a good introduction to their work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I'm not a robot, but i've got a mechanical hand! 25 Sept. 2005
By Mak-10 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Personally, I can't ask much more from any band than originality. I'm pleased with pretty much any band as long as they are doing their own thing and being creative. This perfectly describes HORSE The Band, but in addition to originality, they have great musicianship. As for the CD, it is outstanding. I will most likely be happy with anything HORSE The Band releases as long as it keeps "the formula" alive. This CD definitely keeps the formula alive with the Nintendo keyboards, schizophrenic lyrics, and great guitar / drum work. There are, however, new aspects to HORSE found on this CD. For example, there are some classic hardcore growls scattered throughout that were nowhere to be found on R. Borlax. Also, there is some soft singing on the track "Manateen" which I thought I would never hear from HTB but is great to hear. Lastly, there are some guitar solos on the CD which is great, but also nowhere to be found on R. Borlax.

The great thing about this CD (and R. Borlax) is that every song has something great about them whether it is the keyboards, drums / guitars, lyrics, or everything put together. Sometimes it lasts for the whole song and sometimes it is only for 10 seconds, but it makes the whole song great. Also, there are a couple of those tracks that when you hear for the first time, just makes you smile with joy unlike other tracks that you have to listen to a couple of times (Cutsman and Bunnies on R. Borlax). Unfortunately, there is no track that touches the greatness of Cutsman or Bunnies on this album, but that's not to say R. Borlax is better. I can't even make a decision as to which one is better but I guess it doesn't matter. I'll just pretend both CDs are one unstoppable entity set on taking over the whole world.

Favorite Tracks:

Manateen: Great song all the way through. The slow part reminds me of the music from one of those sad, cheesy, 80's movies like "The Breakfast Club." This song adds a whole new dimension to HTB.

Octopus on Fire: Great keyboards. Gets good at 1:20. "Then I hold my head up, HIGHER AND HIGHER!"

A Rusty Glove: "I'm not a robot, but I've got a mechanical hand."

One thing to note that is just kind of strange, is during the song "Octopus on Fire" (2:52 - 3:18), in my opinion, has an uncanny resemblance to Alexisonfire - The Kennedy Curse (2:22 - 2:57). This is no big deal, just kind of odd for HTB to have something that actually resembles something else.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
i hate this album... 28 Sept. 2005
By george - Published on
Format: Audio CD
and i hate this band.



this album is good, REAL GOOD... this album will make you fall to your knees and weep.

i love every single second of this compact disc, except the slow parts on "manateen" and i'm not so fond of the intro on "soaring quails"... but i'm sure they will grow on me as every part of it's predecessor R.borlax did...

tracks i recommend are:

The House Of Boo

Octopus On Fire

& Lord Gold Throneroom.

and on a side note...


although that is a great discovery... i regret to inform you that the track "octopus on fire" has been played live by HORSE the band for several years now, and was originally supposed to appear on thier first album, but failed to make it to the finalizating, and frankly i'm glad they decided to put it on this one.

HORSE immitates noone.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
it was around 1992 or so... 20 Sept. 2005
By distance.distance - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I think it was the year 1992 (although super mario world for SNES was released in '91) when i first heard reference to "the house of boo" and "birdo" Ive enjoyed these guys for awhile, but when i saw the titles of the tracks on this album, it drew me in right away.

Basically this album owns completely.
Personally, i believe this album is better than "R.Borlax." The keyboards are incredible, and for those first timers dont let that fool you. This is a really progressive stab at death metal. There are plenty of great riffs and monster "breakdowns,"
but the "Nintendocore" style of music they play, is what makes them so incredible.

Whoever thinks The Postal Service is "the" defining band in nintendocore genre, if you even want to call it that, you are totally wrong.

HTB as unserious as they are, have made an incredible album, and thats the bottom line
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When I thought all ideas had been done 30 Jan. 2006
By Wade H. Rice III - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This band's sound is very unique. The vocalist has a great voice, and I think is underrated by many. The idea of this band musically is playing a heavy metalcore breakdown and putting a killer video game style keyboard part on top of it. Yes the best way to describe it would be nintendocore. I love the combination, a great sound and a truely interesting band to listen to, especially if you like different music. Sample it up though before you buy it, I think listening to the songs is the best way to get an idea of what I'm saying because I don't think that their sound can really be described.
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