Dear Hand to Hand,
I wish I didnít have to write this note. I wanted to like you guys, I really did. When ďPreambleĒ began, and Robert Kellomís wicked scream came through my speakers, I was excited for things to come. I was a bit unsure what lie around the bend, but I knew that with a scream like that, I was in for a real treat. But you let me down, guys. I judged you too early.
See, things were all fine for me until about 45 seconds through the song; thatís when my trust was broken. Thatís when the singing came in, and this disappointed me for two reasons. The first reason is the most obvious -- that it really didnít sound very solid. I know thatís blunt, but to get better, you have to know whatís wrong in the first place, right? I tried to like those singing vocals, but theyíre too bland, too off-key for my personal tastes. Those vocals sounded a bit unnecessary, too. Things were going well. Sure, it was only 45 seconds, but things were really looking up. That singing really changed my mind for the worst, though, and I donít want you guys to be too bothered, because I do have a few other small complaints.
When I heard the singing vocals, something unsettling occurred to me. I wonít sugarcoat it, the lyrics are just plain terrible. Ah, feels good to get that off my chest. But let me level with you guys. ďwith my life wide open there is change in the air / Iím ripping out my eyes just to say goodbye;" thatís awful. And the fact that those words are badly sung only further compounds the problem for me. The one positive I had originally found was increasingly overtaken by poor musical choices. Also of note is the relatively lazy way in which your band approaches its instruments. Iím no musical wizard myself, but I know thereís more effort to be put into a song than what some of these show. ďInsult With InjuriesĒ shows only the most basic of musical understanding, and even the ďheavyĒ riffing is pretty laughable. I hear bits and pieces of double bass drumming, but even there, itís some of the slowest double bass drumming Iíve heard in recent memory.
All hope isnít lost for your band, I do believe something can be done. But itís going to take some real effort, and a real commitment. Being the concerned friend that I am, I want you guys to do well, and Iíll give you the fast track on just how to do that. Hardcore. Thatís it, one word, the answer to all your problems. Your vocalist has an extremely solid scream, and thereís flashes of some heavy riffing; if thatís expanded on, Iíd wager your band would have a much more complete, and much less clichťd sound. But of course, thatís only one manís opinion. I want the best for you guys, I do, so at least think about my suggestion. Itís for the best.
A concerned friend.