Friday, May 17, 2019

EP Review: HANDS OF GOD Blueprint For Self Destruction (Flatspot Records) by Sarah McKellar

Location: San Jose, California
Country of origin: USA
Genre: Hardcore, metalcore
Label: Flatspot Records
Release date: May 6, 2019
Hands Of God is a Californian based hard-core band based in San Jose, California- established in “Blueprint” is the opening track to “Blueprint for Self Destruction” has a slightly chaotic, dystopian feel to it, appropriately setting the tone for the oncoming aggressive onslaught. “No Mercy” introduces the listener to the high energy and hard-thrashing sound of Hands of God while still remaining slightly melodic and losing none of the customary aggressive tone. “Sacrifice” is a chunkier, riff- heavy, thrash inducing track, adding another layer to the onslaught. While not as melodic, there are technical aspects are to be appreciated. “254A” has some of the dystopian feeling from “Blueprint” but is much more aggressive and continues to progressively display more intensity. “Ethnic Decay” displays more of a distortion and riff heavy approach- displaying more of Hands of God aggression and sheer energy. “W.M.D” concludes “Blueprint for Self Destruction” with an intense, melodic yet technical finish. I genuinely look forward to hearing more of Hands of God- their technical hardcore approach and sheer energy and aggression ensure a brutal release in “Blueprint for Self Destruction”. -Sarah McKellar

Track list:
1. Blueprint
2. No Mercy
3. Sacrifice
4. 245A
5. Ethnic Decay
6. W.M.D.

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