US band Dead Hand are of fairly recent formation, since their genesis dates back to 2013, and Storm Of Demiurge is their first full-length that also includes the two tracks (Ground to Ash and The Last King) featured on the Ep released last year. If a good day dawns, the Georgian band’s future looks muddily exciting, as the sludge on display in these three quarters of an hour of music immediately appears to be of the highest quality. If Resign to Complacency is presented as a sort of intro and then flows into a riff repeated to the bitter end, with the aforementioned Ground to Ash we get to the heart of the work thanks to its dark atmospheres that, at times, are diluted by post-metal moods functional to crack the progression of a sound by its nature rather monolithic. Indeed, despite the initial premises, a certain melodic-acoustic component often takes hold, providing that alternation of sensations that makes the band’s proposal more peculiar. The vocals are in line with the sludge-post metal tradition, and go well with the menacing atmospheres that find their first sublimation in Trailed by Wolves, a very long track that proves to be emblematic of the skills and characteristics of Dead Hand, who never forget to imprint recognisable traits on their tracks. The album is characterised by a continuous emotional tension, accentuated by the trend common to all tracks, with an almost suffused beginning with acoustic traits, followed by a crescendo, more or less clear-cut, with which the trio gradually increases the pitch until the climax is reached (which also happens, but in a less accentuated manner, in the title track). The closing, entrusted to the other already published track, The Last King, fully confirms the compositional vein of Dead Hand, capable since their first long-distance test, of capturing the attention thanks to a writing that is never trivial and that, at the same time, seems to guarantee further and extremely interesting developments.

2015 – Dibìvine Mother Recordings