Band: Stone Hand
Release Date: 13th January, 2020
Label: Self Released
Review by Sean
I do enjoy when I get to experience an entirely new band (new to me at least). I went into Stone Hand completely blind, and fuck me did my head get blown off from the start. This is some aggressive as fuck mashup of groove metal and some of the harshest hardcore I’ve ever heard.
It’s rare for me lately that I hear something new and just instantly connect with it, but I loved every second of this.
From opener ‘Hanging from the Rafters’ with it’s dark tone and harsh attack, to the almost Sacrement era Lamb of God of second track ‘Left to Ember’ you are left with zero breathing time. It’s balls to the wall aggression and fury.
Don’t think you get any time to catch your breath once ‘Decay’ starts either. This album incoming at you at 100MPH and it’s gonna hit you fucking hard. On occasion there may be a dip to about 85 or so, but no amount of glorious groove can truly slow down the pace and outright anger of this album. ‘Blamed’ tries its best, sure, and it’s got the best grooves on the album without a shadow of a doubt, but it’s still coming to kill you.
‘Error Effects’ has a similar slowed down groove, at least to start off with, but it does eventually pick up the pace a little. It’s still another highlight though, because it has some old school All That Remains overtones to it, minus the singing.
Title track ‘Carcosa’ is also the longest on offer, clocking in at a respectable 6:19, and offers up a sample of everything we’ve seen so far. It has a slow, foreboding intro, aggression when the song kicks in proper, back to the brooding melody, repeat. Add in some excellent solo work, and it’sthe complete song. It’s an excellent choice for a title track, as the talent of the entire band is on show here, and you can tell the band are proud of this one.
Closing us out is ‘Watch Me Bleed’, which takes us out as furiously as we came in, but if I’m honest, it shouldn’t have come after ‘Carcosa’. The ending to that would have been the perfect way to end the album. Still, it’s a great debut album, and I look forward to seeing more from this lot.
8 out of 10
01. Hanging from the Rafters
02. Left to Ember
04. Enslaved by Terror
05. Diluted Mind
07. Malicious Intent
08. Error Effects
10. Watch Me Bleed