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The Hidden Hand : De-Sensitized

I must admit that there is a single really disappointing thing about this release: it only lasts approximately 7 minutes and 20 seconds. The recording quality isn't much to brag off either, but honestly it is an enjoyable release if you just look beyond these flaws.

The 7" appears at first glance to be a S/T, but after doing some research I found that the band itself actually refers to it as 'De-Sensitized'. I am not sure of exactly why. However the title does fit the highly political lyrics that the band issues.

But before I move on to explaining the lyrics further I would like to introduce the music. Wino, one of the really famous names amongst traditional doomsters, is the leading force behind this project. It is basically heavy oldschool doom with a punky edge. I must admit I am not terribly familiar with the old school, but fans of Pentagram and Wino's earlier bands wouldn't want to miss out on this one.

Now, when mentioning a punky edge I don't mean an influence by the oldschool punkers who basically follow the line of "fuck authorities!". It is rebellious, but in a more mature way. If we could compare the edge to the old school punk attitude, The Hidden Hand would go more in the direction "things aren't right, let me tell you a few truths". Which truths are they telling you say? Well... As the name of the first track hints, it tells the truth about lies.

It's the only track that actually has any vocals on it. The other track, 'Instrumental', lives up to its name as a purely instrumental track. Actually, as nice as the lyrics are, I don't really mind having none on this track. Sometimes it's the heavy and slow riffs that really make the music good to listen to. I think you all know what I mean.

Although this is a really good release, it is still much to short. This probably makes it more interesting to collectors and Wino fans than the doom audience as a whole. The music itself is not limited to the small group of Wino fans, but for those outside that circle I would recommend the album 'Divine Propaganda' instead. Mostly because it gives much more music for the dollars spent.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Dis Information
2. Instrumental

Duration : Approx. 7 minutes

Visit the The Hidden Hand bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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