Review: Hands – Give Me Rest | Christian Music Zine


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Facedown Records

Released July 5, 2011

Reviewed by Anthony Peronto

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You’d expect a band like Hands to release an album like Give Me Rest in the fall or winter, right? Well they’ve proven us wrong because ambient metalcore somehow fits perfectly with summertime commute. To put it simply, I’m not the most avid fan of Hands. The reason being I can’t seem to listen to their music casually, it takes required concentration to get into the music and appreciate their sonic beauty. And with being a dad to a three year old, having time to listen to Hands, post-rock, techno, Showbread’s Anorexia/Nervosa with the booklet, Ascend The Hill, or even Sleeping At Last is a seldom occasion. With that being said, I can still say Hands’ newest album is haunting and heavy, but still brutal and beautiful.

I Will begins with pounding drums and vocals and is a highlight to behold. If this were any other metal band, after the first few seconds the music would turn into chaos, but Hands knows better. It builds into their mold of ambient but hard-hitting that starts off the album on a strong note. After the alright Water and the more upbeat Cube which has great screaming by frontman Shane Ochsne, highlight #2 comes in the form of The Helix. It starts off mellow and keeps on building until the end. There are a few surprises that come along the way with Here I Am which has less screaming than usual and Northern Lights is almost straight-clean vocals all the way through. The album ends with the gorgeous title track that is the perfect closer, plain and simple.

It takes a patient ear to appreciate Hands. Kids raised on the Top 20 chart won’t know what to think of Give Me Rest. But if you take the time and let the music play, I guarantee Give Me Rest will not disappoint.

Grade: 4

Tracklisting:

  1. I Will
  2. Water
  3. Cube
  4. The Helix
  5. Here I Am
  6. Jovian
  7. Northern Lights
  8. 2005
  9. Restart
  10. Give Me Rest
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