V/A Forms Of Hands 18 (CD Album – Hands)
Genre/Influences: Industrial, industrial-techno, tribal, rhythmic-noise, tribal, IDM.
Background/Info: The fans and followers of Hands label are used to getting a compilation-CD next to the annual festival featuring some of the finest bands from the label roster. This 18th chapter features 14 bands with exclusive cuts.
Artists: Dirty K, Phasenmensch+ICD-10, Cervello Elettronico, Blac Kolor, Maschinenkrieger KR52 vs. Disraptor, End.user, Monolith, Hydrone, Cacophoneuses, Sylvgheist Maëlström, Shorai, Ontal, Nullvektor, Ah Cama-Sotz.
Content: Hands once started as a modern and typical industrial/power-noise label, but progressively evolved towards a more open-minded sonic horizon. The label became a famous and world-wide recognized host for newer industrial formats. That’s precisely what this new “Form Of Hands” reveal while we only get exclusive tracks.
+ + + : From the heaviest and old-styled industrial/rhythm-noise projects Dirty K and Maschinenkrieger KR52 vs. Disraptor to the somewhat softer although still extreme sounding Cacophoneuses to the d’n’b/breakcore driven End.user to a wide range of ‘modern’ industrial acts mixing their stuff together with trance, tribal, techno and a few more influences for the ride, this sampler is a great window of the label’s music taste. I especially like the minimalism and intelligence of bands such as Phasenmensch+ICD-10, Cervello Elettronico, Hydrone, Monolith, Sylvgheist Maëlström, Ontal, Blac Kolor, Nullvektor and even Ah Cama-Sotz. But the real bonus of this sampler remains for sure that all tracks are exclusive.
– – – : I think the only point of discussion might be the choice of some tracks and why some other projects haven’t been featured.
Conclusion: Hands is once more sending out its finest elite troops to get industrial dancefloors on fire! This newest chapter is a great vintage.
Best bands: Cervello Elettronico, Hydrone, Nullvektor, Ah Cama-Sotz, Phasenmensch+ICD-10.