HAND
Progressive Metal • United Kingdom

MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com
HAND picture
hAND are a 3-piece Progressive Alternative/Gothic Metal band from Sussex, England with a unique, universally appealing niche. They have been producing high-quality, intelligent, immensely powerful music that will stir your soul for over 6 years. With lulling melodies, epic riffs, huge contrasts and passionate, soaring vocals you will forever crave the satisfaction that only hAND can provide.

Founded by Kat Ward and Kieren Johnstone in 2004, hAND originated as a rock/metal/electronica duo. Releasing their first EP "Chapters" under this guise the band looked to evolve and grow for the second. Early in 2006 local drummer Cris Nelson joined the band and the music took on a heavier more progressive edge. "Shadow: Word Pain" showed off the new sound, with great reviews and a new sponsorship with Mapex drums the band soon landed their first record deal with Copro Records in 2007.

Recording at Philia Studios with producer Nick Hemingway (Isor,
read more...
Thanks to J-Man for the addition

HAND MP3, Free Download/Stream

No HAND MP3s available for streaming.

HAND Online Videos

No HAND online videos available. Search and add one now.

Buy HAND music

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
NEW SEALED * OUR BLACK HAND * LOCAL PLAYERS * CD NEW SEALED * OUR BLACK HAND * LOCAL PLAYERS * CD USD $1.19 Buy It Now 34m
Second Hand CD Reality Essex Records Second Hand CD Reality Essex Records USD $8.14 (1 bids)
35m
Heavy Metal Head Banger Pin Badge - Hand Made in English Pewter Heavy Metal Head Banger Pin Badge - Hand Made in English Pewter USD $9.05 Buy It Now 36m
Big & Rich Hillbilly Jedi New Unopened Authentic Hand Signed CD Autographed Big & Rich Hillbilly Jedi New Unopened Authentic Hand Signed CD Autographed USD $26.49 Buy It Now 39m
Original hand signed Original hand signed " you,me at six " band tour poster USD $32.62 (0 bids)
40m
SOUND OF MIND aka ERIK TRAVIS - Programming - hand-stamped 12 SOUND OF MIND aka ERIK TRAVIS - Programming - hand-stamped 12" USD $18.11 Buy It Now 42m
RICH, Robert - Premonitions 1980-85 - limited hand-numbered vinyl 4xLP box RICH, Robert - Premonitions 1980-85 - limited hand-numbered vinyl 4xLP box USD $106.92 Buy It Now 44m
Joe Lynn Turner - Second Hand Life (2007) MINT CONDITION Joe Lynn Turner - Second Hand Life (2007) MINT CONDITION USD $3.18 (2 bids)
44m
APPOINTMENT - It's Time To Decide - hand-stamped 12 APPOINTMENT - It's Time To Decide - hand-stamped 12" USD $19.33 Buy It Now 44m
AURRA - Satisfaction - hand-numbered 12 AURRA - Satisfaction - hand-numbered 12" USD $26.67 Buy It Now 44m
BARRY MANILOW - THE NEW CONCERT.... (FLYER/HAND BILL) BARRY MANILOW - THE NEW CONCERT.... (FLYER/HAND BILL) USD $4.81 Buy It Now 46m
DEPARTMENT M - The Second Prize - hand-numbered coloured vinyl 7 DEPARTMENT M - The Second Prize - hand-numbered coloured vinyl 7" USD $9.02 Buy It Now 49m
COOK, Yan - Morse EP - hand-stamped 12 COOK, Yan - Morse EP - hand-stamped 12" USD $17.70 Buy It Now 51m
GENESIS - CALLING ALL STATIONS (TOUR FLYER/HAND BILL) GENESIS - CALLING ALL STATIONS (TOUR FLYER/HAND BILL) USD $6.44 Buy It Now 52m
APPOINTMENT - Appointment Anniversary - hand-stamped 12 APPOINTMENT - Appointment Anniversary - hand-stamped 12" USD $18.51 Buy It Now 53m
LEFT HAND PIANO RECITAL - BACH, BRAHMS, ET AL / REBSTEIN - NEW CD LEFT HAND PIANO RECITAL - BACH, BRAHMS, ET AL / REBSTEIN - NEW CD USD $15.03 Buy It Now 58m
ST. PETERSBURG ARCHIVE - FOUR HAND PIANO / SANDLER, LAUL - NEW CD ST. PETERSBURG ARCHIVE - FOUR HAND PIANO / SANDLER, LAUL - NEW CD USD $14.61 Buy It Now 1h 53s
CINCINNATI'S UNIVERS - THE HAND THAT HOLDS THE BREAD - NEW CD CINCINNATI'S UNIVERS - THE HAND THAT HOLDS THE BREAD - NEW CD USD $15.03 Buy It Now 1h 6m
Vintage Johnny Otis Show, Willie & The Hand Jive & Ring-A-Ling, 45 rpm Record Vintage Johnny Otis Show, Willie & The Hand Jive & Ring-A-Ling, 45 rpm Record USD $4.49 (0 bids)
1h 7m
PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND / VARIOUS NEW CD PUT YOUR HAND IN THE HAND / VARIOUS NEW CD USD $37.51 Buy It Now 1h 8m
THE GUESS WHO HAND ME DOWN WORLD/RUNNIN' DOWN THE STREET VG-EX THE GUESS WHO HAND ME DOWN WORLD/RUNNIN' DOWN THE STREET VG-EX USD $3.99 (0 bids)
1h 12m
FLAIRCK:SLEIGHT OF HAND...1986 LP EMI/AMERICA - ROCK FLAIRCK:SLEIGHT OF HAND...1986 LP EMI/AMERICA - ROCK USD $4.50 Buy It Now 1h 18m
DON CORNELL  40's sheet music HOLD MY HAND DON CORNELL 40's sheet music HOLD MY HAND USD $16.31 Buy It Now 1h 19m
TRAVIS randy GREATEST HITS v1 On the Other Hand 1982 I told you so NEW TAPE TRAVIS randy GREATEST HITS v1 On the Other Hand 1982 I told you so NEW TAPE USD $4.88 (0 bids)
1h 24m
TYLER t. texas GOSPEL prais the Lord BLESSED JESUS HOLD MY HAND mother pray CD TYLER t. texas GOSPEL prais the Lord BLESSED JESUS HOLD MY HAND mother pray CD USD $7.89 (0 bids)
1h 24m
THE FOUR LADS - THE EYESOF GOD/ HIS INVISIBLE HAND (COLUMBIA 4-40974) THE FOUR LADS - THE EYESOF GOD/ HIS INVISIBLE HAND (COLUMBIA 4-40974) USD $0.97 (1 bids)
1h 30m
Lightnin Hopkins : Mojo Hand CD Lightnin Hopkins : Mojo Hand CD USD $2.07 Buy It Now 1h 30m
northern soul HOAGY LANDS Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand ATLANTIC M- DJ Listen!! northern soul HOAGY LANDS Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand ATLANTIC M- DJ Listen!! USD $30.00 Buy It Now 1h 31m
Roots Manuva : Brand New Second Hand CD (2001) Roots Manuva : Brand New Second Hand CD (2001) USD $4.00 Buy It Now 1h 33m
John Cougar John Cougar "Hand To Hold On To" Very Rare Oz 7" USD $7.15 Buy It Now 1h 35m
John Dowling : Hand Rolled CD (2003) John Dowling : Hand Rolled CD (2003) USD $2.07 Buy It Now 1h 38m
RJD2 : The Third Hand CD (2007) RJD2 : The Third Hand CD (2007) USD $4.05 Buy It Now 1h 39m
RICHARD THOMPSON  HAND OF KINDNESS hannibal 83 Lp VG+ RICHARD THOMPSON HAND OF KINDNESS hannibal 83 Lp VG+ USD $11.40 Buy It Now 1h 41m
WOODY HERMAN ~ VERY RARE 10x8 HAND SIGNED PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH ~ JAZZ BIG BAND WOODY HERMAN ~ VERY RARE 10x8 HAND SIGNED PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH ~ JAZZ BIG BAND USD $318.06 Buy It Now 1h 41m
Second Hand-Reality UK psych mini lp cd Second Hand-Reality UK psych mini lp cd USD $21.99 Buy It Now 1h 42m
TOBY LARK 45 TOBY LARK 45 "Twenty Four Hours / Shake a Hand" USD $9.95 (0 bids)
1h 42m
Suzanne Vega - Days of Open Hand (1995)(443) Suzanne Vega - Days of Open Hand (1995)(443) USD $4.88 Buy It Now 1h 46m
The Hand of Fate * by Amanda Perez (CD, Oct-2007, Upstairs Records) The Hand of Fate * by Amanda Perez (CD, Oct-2007, Upstairs Records) USD $2.59 (0 bids)
1h 47m
DEEP HEAT 8 - THE HAND OF FATE - VARIOUS ARTISTS - DOUBLE CASSETTE TAPE ALBUM DEEP HEAT 8 - THE HAND OF FATE - VARIOUS ARTISTS - DOUBLE CASSETTE TAPE ALBUM USD $14.66 Buy It Now 1h 50m
TONE LOC TONE LOC "COOL HAND LOC", LP, 1991, HIP HOP, RARE! USD $19.99 Buy It Now 1h 55m
Marc Almond My Hand Over My Heart  US Dj 12 Marc Almond My Hand Over My Heart US Dj 12" USD $7.99 Buy It Now 1h 56m
MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS jimmy mack*third finger left hand 1967 UK TAMLA MOTOWN 45 MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS jimmy mack*third finger left hand 1967 UK TAMLA MOTOWN 45 USD $9.79 Buy It Now 1h 57m
BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA - I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND - 7 BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA - I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND - 7" VINYL 1964 RCA VICTOR USD $7.65 Buy It Now 1h 57m
Ed Mann and Brian Hand  CD  Global Warming Ed Mann and Brian Hand CD Global Warming USD $89.50 Buy It Now 1h 59m
JOHNNY DANKWORTH ~ RARE 10x8 HAND SIGNED PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH ~ JAZZ BIG BAND JOHNNY DANKWORTH ~ RARE 10x8 HAND SIGNED PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPH ~ JAZZ BIG BAND USD $122.33 Buy It Now 2h 4s
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette CD Hand in My Pocket You Oughta Know ++ Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette CD Hand in My Pocket You Oughta Know ++ USD $9.00 (0 bids)
2h 1m
Wildkatz : Hand to the Throttle CD (2001) Wildkatz : Hand to the Throttle CD (2001) USD $13.46 Buy It Now 2h 5m
JESSE JAMES  Northern 45  If You're Lonely (Take My Hand) / Green Power - NM JESSE JAMES Northern 45 If You're Lonely (Take My Hand) / Green Power - NM USD $14.99 Buy It Now 2h 9m
Tony Marshall : Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand CD (1994) Tony Marshall : Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand CD (1994) USD $3.67 Buy It Now 2h 10m
THE BEATLES 7 THE BEATLES 7" vinyl record I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND on parlophone R5084 USD $14.66 Buy It Now 2h 14m
7 7" BEATLES PICTURE DISCS I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND RP 5084 USD $32.62 (0 bids)
2h 20m
Charles Postlewate Five Finger Technique For The Right Hand Guitar DVD NEW! Charles Postlewate Five Finger Technique For The Right Hand Guitar DVD NEW! USD $18.75 Buy It Now 2h 27m
GREAT OUTDOORS Bird In The Hand UK 7 GREAT OUTDOORS Bird In The Hand UK 7" Vinyl 45 Single PICTURE SLEEVE Pat Collier USD $5.00 (0 bids)
2h 28m
Sex Pistols: Union Jack Logo Fully Lined Ladies Hand Bag - New Official With Tag Sex Pistols: Union Jack Logo Fully Lined Ladies Hand Bag - New Official With Tag USD $23.65 Buy It Now 2h 29m
SKOOKUM feat KAZUMI - Knees - hand sprayed limited 12 SKOOKUM feat KAZUMI - Knees - hand sprayed limited 12" USD $16.95 Buy It Now 2h 33m
Entombed Left Hand Path +3 Japan CD w/obi TFCK-88579 Entombed Left Hand Path +3 Japan CD w/obi TFCK-88579 USD $49.99 Buy It Now 2h 33m
HAND, FREDERIC - EDUARDO ISSAC PLAYS 20TH CENTURY MUSIC, VOL. 1 - NEW CD HAND, FREDERIC - EDUARDO ISSAC PLAYS 20TH CENTURY MUSIC, VOL. 1 - NEW CD USD $14.49 Buy It Now 2h 35m
GEORGE BEVERLY SHEA LP GEORGE BEVERLY SHEA LP "Take My Hand" 1968 RCA 2281e USD $6.71 Buy It Now 2h 43m
Staple Singers, Touch A Hand, Make A Friend / Tellin' Lies. Staple Singers, Touch A Hand, Make A Friend / Tellin' Lies. USD $2.99 (0 bids)
USD $3.95 Buy It Now
2h 45m
Donald Byrd : Byrd In Hand CD (2003) Donald Byrd : Byrd In Hand CD (2003) USD $8.71 Buy It Now 2h 46m
ROREM, NED - NED ROREM: PIANO CONCERTO FOR THE LEFT HAND; ELEVEN - NEW CD ROREM, NED - NED ROREM: PIANO CONCERTO FOR THE LEFT HAND; ELEVEN - NEW CD USD $12.43 Buy It Now 2h 47m
VERY RARE - TINA TURNER - SEXY - ORIGINAL HAND SIGNED AUTOGRAPH VERY RARE - TINA TURNER - SEXY - ORIGINAL HAND SIGNED AUTOGRAPH USD $32.61 (1 bids)
2h 49m
The Saturdays - Headlines ( cd 2010 ) hand signed limited edition The Saturdays - Headlines ( cd 2010 ) hand signed limited edition USD $37.50 Buy It Now 2h 49m
MONDO Tom Whalen Batman Animated Series Man-Bat 7” vinyl SOLD OUT In Hand MONDO Tom Whalen Batman Animated Series Man-Bat 7” vinyl SOLD OUT In Hand USD $29.00 (0 bids)
USD $60.00 Buy It Now
2h 50m
The Saturdays - Chasing Lights  HAND SIGNED CD album - rare The Saturdays - Chasing Lights HAND SIGNED CD album - rare USD $37.50 Buy It Now 2h 52m
DON CORNELL-50's sheet music- HOLD MY HAND DON CORNELL-50's sheet music- HOLD MY HAND USD $19.57 Buy It Now 2h 52m
CD THE RHYTHM ACES CD THE RHYTHM ACES " HAND ME DOWN SUITS N HOBNAIL BOOTS" ROCKABILLY USD $17.00 Buy It Now 2h 53m
THE CHEROKEE Hear It Freakbeat 45 WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE/I CAN'T REACH YOU Who THE CHEROKEE Hear It Freakbeat 45 WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE/I CAN'T REACH YOU Who USD $25.77 Buy It Now 2h 56m
JIMMIE DAVIS---TOUCH THE HAND OF THE LORD ( Country) JIMMIE DAVIS---TOUCH THE HAND OF THE LORD ( Country) USD $7.00 Buy It Now 2h 58m
Evan Seinfeld Autograph Hand Signed Biohazard Means To An End CD Auto Music Evan Seinfeld Autograph Hand Signed Biohazard Means To An End CD Auto Music USD $1.32 (3 bids)
3h
Evan Seinfeld Autograph Hand Signed Biohazard Uncivilization CD Auto Music Evan Seinfeld Autograph Hand Signed Biohazard Uncivilization CD Auto Music USD $0.99 (0 bids)
3h
NEW YORK CITY - CANT SURVIVE WITHOUT YOUR SWEETS / TAKE MY HAND - SOUL 45 NEW YORK CITY - CANT SURVIVE WITHOUT YOUR SWEETS / TAKE MY HAND - SOUL 45 USD $3.30 (0 bids)
3h
NEW ORDER TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD 2 TRACK 12 NEW ORDER TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD 2 TRACK 12" INNER * NMINT VINYL / SLEEVE * USD $12.97 Buy It Now 3h
Dinosaur Jr - Hand It Over - RARE 1997 LIMITED EDITION 2CD LISTEN Kevin Shields Dinosaur Jr - Hand It Over - RARE 1997 LIMITED EDITION 2CD LISTEN Kevin Shields USD $27.99 Buy It Now 3h
FREE 2for1 OFFER-Elvis Presley– His Hand In Mine-RCA ‎– ANL1-1319-Reissue /LP FREE 2for1 OFFER-Elvis Presley– His Hand In Mine-RCA ‎– ANL1-1319-Reissue /LP USD $12.98 Buy It Now 3h
Aisha Orazbayeva - The Hand Gallery - 8 Trk Promo CD (44) Aisha Orazbayeva - The Hand Gallery - 8 Trk Promo CD (44) USD $4.88 Buy It Now 3h
Withered Hand - Horseshoe - 2 Trk Promo CD (44) Withered Hand - Horseshoe - 2 Trk Promo CD (44) USD $4.88 Buy It Now 3h
Elvis His Hand In Mine LP unopened with Elvis, Priscilla, Lisa Marie postcard Elvis His Hand In Mine LP unopened with Elvis, Priscilla, Lisa Marie postcard USD $52.50 (0 bids)
USD $80.00 Buy It Now
3h
COLD HAND BAND - TROPICANA   7 COLD HAND BAND - TROPICANA 7" VINYL USD $8.95 Buy It Now 3h
TICKLED PINK - REACH OUT (And Give Me Your Hand)/ NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE TICKLED PINK - REACH OUT (And Give Me Your Hand)/ NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE USD $16.29 Buy It Now 3h
GAUSS - Schwarzgerat EP - hand-stamped 12 GAUSS - Schwarzgerat EP - hand-stamped 12" USD $15.64 Buy It Now 3h
MARC ALMOND - My Hand Over My Heart - Ex Con 7 MARC ALMOND - My Hand Over My Heart - Ex Con 7" Single USD $6.51 Buy It Now 3h
BLACK GOSPEL SERMON LP Rev. OM Hoover Checker 10028 The Hand Of God BLACK GOSPEL SERMON LP Rev. OM Hoover Checker 10028 The Hand Of God USD $10.80 Buy It Now 3h
JACKSON BROWNE ~ WORLD IN MOTION ~ HAND SIGNED LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT 1989 JACKSON BROWNE ~ WORLD IN MOTION ~ HAND SIGNED LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT 1989 USD $734.00 Buy It Now 3h
WILLEM MAKER - NEW MOON HAND [DIGIPAK] - NEW CD WILLEM MAKER - NEW MOON HAND [DIGIPAK] - NEW CD USD $8.11 Buy It Now 3h
I'll Hold Out My Hand - Wind - 45 RPM - PROMO - NM I'll Hold Out My Hand - Wind - 45 RPM - PROMO - NM USD $1.99 (0 bids)
3h
"The Call" Heavy Hand Signed Vinyl Promo Single USD $35.00 Buy It Now 3h
aisha orazbayeva the hand gallery rare 8 track cd aisha orazbayeva the hand gallery rare 8 track cd USD $4.88 (0 bids)
3h
KILKENNY CATS Hand down LP NEW WAVE Garage KILKENNY CATS Hand down LP NEW WAVE Garage USD $13.03 Buy It Now 3h
WEEKLEY & ARGANBRIGHT SEALED Four Hand One Piano Compositions Golden Crest LP WEEKLEY & ARGANBRIGHT SEALED Four Hand One Piano Compositions Golden Crest LP USD $45.00 Buy It Now 3h
ELVIS PRESLEY-HIS HAND IN MINE gospel rock vinyl LP ELVIS PRESLEY-HIS HAND IN MINE gospel rock vinyl LP USD $12.24 Buy It Now 3h
MOONRAKER - Refracuity EP - hand-stamped 12 MOONRAKER - Refracuity EP - hand-stamped 12" USD $22.59 Buy It Now 4h
Little Richard All Night Long/Shake A Hand 670 Promo 45 RPM Vinyl Little Richard All Night Long/Shake A Hand 670 Promo 45 RPM Vinyl USD $25.00 Buy It Now 4h
SPARKWAVE - Hiver Part I - limited hand-stamped 12 SPARKWAVE - Hiver Part I - limited hand-stamped 12" USD $23.63 Buy It Now 4h
SPARKWAVE - Hiver Part II - limited hand-stamped 12 SPARKWAVE - Hiver Part II - limited hand-stamped 12" USD $23.80 Buy It Now 4h
TOM WAITS, UNIQUE PAINTING, READY TO FRAME,,HAND PAINTED  SALE!! TOM WAITS, UNIQUE PAINTING, READY TO FRAME,,HAND PAINTED SALE!! USD $16.29 Buy It Now 4h
Lonnie Smith: Move Your Hand / pt. 2  [Unplayed Copy] Lonnie Smith: Move Your Hand / pt. 2 [Unplayed Copy] USD $34.97 Buy It Now 4h
THE BEATLES 3 x original UK songsheets THE BEATLES 3 x original UK songsheets "Hold/Hand" "Feel Fine" "Ticket/Ride"rare USD $32.62 Buy It Now 4h
Snooky Pryor - Shake My Hand [CD New] Snooky Pryor - Shake My Hand [CD New] USD $13.11 Buy It Now 4h
Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs 45  Ju Ju Hand Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs 45 Ju Ju Hand USD $0.49 (0 bids)
4h
Showing all 100 items | Price may be different, data is cached every 1h | Keyword-based search | Ordered by ending time | See results on eBay.com
Amazon (logo)
0 results found for "HAND"
Retry your search on Amazon.com website
No items found | Keyword-based search | Best seller rank | More results on Amazon.com

More places to buy metal & HAND music

HAND Discography

HAND albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Deadroom Journal
Progressive Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 3.51 | 3 ratings
Breathing
Progressive Metal 2011

HAND EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Chapters
Progressive Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Shadow: Word Pain
Progressive Metal 2007

HAND live albums

HAND demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

HAND boxset & compilations

HAND singles (0)

HAND movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

HAND Reviews

HAND Breathing

Album · 2011 · Progressive Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
Andyman1125
Supersonic

Hand (curiously typed hAND officially) is a relatively new band originating in Sussex, England. Originally formed as an electronic duo, the band eventually evolved into a creative and exciting blend of alternative rock, gothic metal, and doom metal with a distinct progressive overtone. The music, with the Gothic twinge lead by the singer/bassist Kat Ward, gives an exciting new dynamic to an oftentimes rather dull genre as the band's latest album, Breathless, amply displays. The melancholic tracks on the album burst with passion and drive, pushing the album to new heights of sonic enjoyment. This fantastic new release will keep most listeners tuned into the music, and I highly recommend it.

The most obvious feature of this album that stands out to me is the presence of female vocals - not a common sight in most metal, and almost unheard of in the progressive metal scene. Although many bands who utilize female vocals don't really click with me, as oftentimes they cannot match the power of the music or do not fit the feel of the composition, hAND wonderfully fuses the style of Ward's vocals with the feeling of the music, making for a very pleasant and engaging dynamic to the already impressive music. The vocal sections are mellow and laid back, which matches her vocals perfectly, and the instrumental side of the music rises up to meet the challenge with often times more complex and upbeat songwriting.

The instrumental side of the album, as I said, completes the album in the way a yin and yang is a complete circle. The vocal side is mellow and laid back, with a few exceptions, while the instrumental is heavier with more intense and "metal" roots, making the album a wonderfully dynamic composition. The music is simple and subtle, powerful yet reserved, and melancholic and uplifting. It isn't overly virtuosic, yet has enough skill and passion in it to give it punch and power. Each of the three members contributes a quintessential part to the music, which makes the music seem full and complete, which is often difficult to manage with only three instruments contributing to the music.

In the end, the music presents itself as a manifestation of the band's maturity; the song writing is complex enough as to be progressive and enjoyable yet not overcomplex, the production of the album is clean as so the album has great production yet is not slick and unlistenable, and the lyrics are enjoyable and deep enough as not to seem ambiguous. The nine tracks display an incredible amount of diversity with countless influences and atmospheres meshing as one coherent piece of music. The band has certainly done a wonderful job with this album. 4 stars.

HAND Breathing

Album · 2011 · Progressive Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
J-Man
With their second full-length outing, British trio hAND sets out to create an album different from your average female-fronted metal effort. Rather than opting for the standard symphonic/gothic sound where the instruments are only used to showcase the vocalist's talents, hAND instead makes a very band-oriented effort with Breathing. Kat Ward's angelic vocals, backed by strong musicianship across the board, immediately set hAND apart from your average female-fronted metal group, and their atmospheric prog metal style further distances them from the herds of "Epicas" floating around in the heavy metal world. Despite Breathing's tendency to sound a bit too conventional at times, this is a very promising effort from a band with plenty to offer.

I'd describe the music on Breathing as a cross between progressive metal, doom metal, and gothic metal. The vocals throughout the full duration and dark piano parts on "Flee" hint towards goth metal, while technical guitar passages and time signature shifts, as well as quite a few doomy riffs, set hAND apart from most gothic metal outfits. The band's unique approach to progressive metal is ultimately their strongest asset, although the musicianship is also excellent across the board. Kieren Johnstone's excellent guitar work immediately proves that hAND are much more than simply a vehicle to drive vocal melodies, and Cris Nelson's expressive drumming is also noteworthy. Kat Ward's vocals, though possibly a bit too tame for my tastes, are also excellent and it's clear that she has a great set of pipes. Her bass playing takes a bit more of a backseat on Breathing and it's generally fairly simplistic, but the music generally doesn't demand super-technical bass playing in the first place.

In terms of songwriting, hAND could still use a bit of improvement. It's apparent that the band does know how to write solid riffs - there are quite a few of those on Breathing - but the vocal melodies are often a bit monotonous and lack enough memorability to truly make this a wonderful experience. Variation within the arrangements is also kept to a minimum, and can get a bit dull towards the end of the album's playing time. It's a bit of a shame - the compositions themselves are varied and unique from one another, but the dull production and lack of instrumental variation really give the album an added edge of monotony.

Even though the melodies and arrangements could use a bit of work, Breathing's pros certainly outweigh its cons and it currently stands as a unique changeup in the prog metal world. hAND are a promising act and, with some work in the aforementioned areas, their next outing could really be something special. People looking for something different than your average female-fronted metal act should still find plenty of enjoyment from Breathing - I know I did. 3 stars are deserved for this solid and promising effort.

HAND Movies Reviews

No HAND movie reviews posted yet.

HAND Shouts

Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!

HAND Index

Member Zone

Username:
Password:
Stay signed in

Metal Subgenres

Artists Alpha-index

MMA TOP 5 Metal ALBUMS

Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Rust in Peace Thrash Metal
MEGADETH
Buy this album from our partners
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
METALLICA
Buy this album from our partners
Paranoid Traditional heavy metal
BLACK SABBATH
Buy this album from our partners
Sad Wings Of Destiny Traditional heavy metal
JUDAS PRIEST
Buy this album from our partners
Crimson Death Metal
EDGE OF SANITY
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Everflow Metal Related
VOICIANO
Buy this album from MMA partners
Obsession Glam Metal
REBELLIOUS SPIRIT
Buy this album from MMA partners
Сильмарилл Progressive Metal
ДИСТРАНС
Buy this album from MMA partners
Hit 'N' Run Hard Rock
WILD ROSE
Buy this album from MMA partners
The Stories We Could Tell Hard Rock
MR. BIG
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Free Metal MP3 download/stream

New Metal Online Videos

More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions

More...

Latest Metal News

members-submitted

More in the forums

Social Media

Share this site
Follow us

Buy Metal Music Online