God, I love grunge. I love bands that revel in sounding like theyâ€™ve just had sex with their Corrosion of Conformity, Helmet, and Morbid Angel albums. â€œPurple Neon Dreamâ€ is the first track on â€œThe Resurrection of Whiskey Footeâ€, and it shows that the band loves crafting someÂ of the most intricate and most thought out sludge that has ever graced an oil byproduct. The tracks are oftentimes under four minutes long, and yet they feel like they are ten minute opuses.
This is due to the fact that at any one given time during tracks like â€œPurple Neon Dreamâ€ and â€œSomeday Soonâ€. There seems to be a slightly lighter set of influences during â€œDark Horizonsâ€, but the overall sound is similar to the rest of the tracks on â€œThe Resurrection of Whiskey Footeâ€. It may just be â€œSomeday Soonâ€ that gets The Hidden Hand more in the way of popularity, as some of the constructs and arrangements on the track are similar to that of a System of a Down or Tool. I like the fact that the band is not afraid to show their influences on their sleeve, as during the opening to â€œSpiritually Bereftâ€, the band takes on â€œReign in Bloodâ€ and changes it to their own desires and wishes. During â€œSpiritually Bereftâ€, The Hidden Hand even use a little bit of a Soundgarden influence in the vocals. While the song is still their own, the influences make it a little easier to listen to the band as the transaction costs to appreciate and understand the band are lower.
The band comes throughout the entirety of â€œThe Resurrection of Whiskey Footeâ€ without suffering anything as a scratch. For example, the band loves to vary their sound; â€œLessonâ€ goes back to a seventies rock sound and titillates listeners with a chorus that simultaneously calls forth Dio and Led Zeppelin. The Hidden Hand consists of members from about twenty other famous acts in the hard rock and metal scene, but none of those bands deserve to be mentioned due to the effort that the band makes on â€œThe Resurrection of Whiskey Footeâ€. The seventies sound continues with â€œMajestic Presenceâ€, to the degree that individuals will almost wonder if the band did not just ransack some record labelâ€™s vault. The guitar line on this track is sizzling; the band has made â€œThe Resurrection of Whiskey Footeâ€ into an album that will stand the test of time.
Top Tracks: Majestic Presence, Lesson