R. S. Hand

Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (61 of 78)
Location: Colwyn Bay

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,469,908 - Total Helpful Votes: 61 of 78
Bears, Mayors, Scraps and Bones ~ Cancer Bats
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big improvement, 14 April 2010
If you often wished Cancer Bats made more songs with the rage of `Sorceress' or `Pray For Darkness', then it's your lucky day. It appears that with their third album, the band has become more butch and riotous than before, implausible as that seems. It's the kind of music you can't resist tapping or nodding along to, whilst making `tough' faces. Bit of a problem on the bus.

Opener `Sleep This Away' stomps up intimidatingly, before `Trust No One' spits in your face, all out-of control riffs that need a speeding ticket, with occasional screeches and slides. Upcoming single `Dead Wrong' uses heavy bass work to provide a glowering snarl. Liam Cormier's blistering and ball-busting… Read more
Devil & God Are Raging Inside ~ Brand New
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devil n God, 26 Sep 2008
Now personally, I normally hate indie; but in this case, five stars is just not enough. Because this album is perfect: intelligent, beautiful, and above all, mature. They still have clever rhymes, sparkling guitars, and Jesse Lacey's voice, in all its angelic/melancholic glory. But gone are the spiteful digs, teenage angst, and ridiculous song titles that made them slightly emo, and in their place are poetic lyrics that move you to the point of tears. Disenchantment with life is a major theme (another sign that the band are all grown up), such as jaded anthem Millstone or the heartrending Jesus Christ. Brand New are masters of the slow, subtle build-up of texture and emotion, to a climax so… Read more
The Cleansing ~ Suicide Silence
The Cleansing ~ Suicide Silence
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Cleansing, 25 Sep 2008
You know when you're in the presence of greatness. Effortlessly fusing battering riffs, hellish lows and rabid screams, and some piercing shred work, this band is surely great. They have created an album so relentless and all consuming, it sounds deafeningly loud even on the lowest volume, and so grindtastic it often sounds like a building site. Like running through woods at night, it's sinister, scary, and breathless, now and again you'll trip over a root or a branch will tear at your face, and you get completely lost. Drumming like in Eyes Sewn Shut is ridiculously fast; the riffs swirl and suddenly stop or change, creating intricate weaves, like on Hands of a Killer or the swooping power… Read more

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