Thursday, March 29, 2012


Handshake Inc.

This 7 inch includes two tracks so I'll take each. "Eight years of rest" begins with a surge of force and despite the raw vocals you know right away this band is going to stress the technical elements of their playing. And indeed they shoot progressive elements in between the mid-tempo death metal assault. Some times this style doesn't blend together, but these are guys clearly competent to not only pull it off, but make it an enjoyable adventure as well. Side two contains Carnevale which begins with an abstract intro before being overtaken by raw blasts with underlying melodies. Eventually the technical pieces intertwine with steamrolling heavier parts and race towards the end of the track. This song had more power, but wasn't quite as creative. I definitely liked both tracks and would certainly like to hear more from this band.

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