Band: The Hidden Hand Album: Devoid Of Color EP Origin: U.S.A. (Potomac, Maryland) Genre: Doom Year: 2005
"...The studio EP portion of Devoid of Color is a bit mellower than previous releases, but still rock and roll. "The Key" is a roiling instrumental that gets you in the mood for the rest of the record. It is a lot more upbeat than "Devoid of Color," the title track, which is one of the most subdued songs that I have heard from The Hidden Hand. It has a surprisingly melodic quality to it. At first, it struck me as too unlike the band to do something like this, but I actually dig it after repeated listens. "The Dagger" is mellow, but it's heavier than "Devoid of Color." I like the sense of melody that Wino and the boys put on display with this record. The vocal track on this song is particularly good, especially the harmonized chorus. "Vulcan's Children" is upbeat and more like what one would expect in regards to their previous material. The last track is an extremely subdued instrumental.
The Hidden Hand upped the ante by releasing an EP along with their DVD. The EP actually makes this release for me. It is a good progression for the band. It has some interesting dynamics going on that I was not used to from their past work. If you see Devoid of Color, pick it up. It is worth it for the EP alone." (ScenePointBlank.com)
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