HANDS OF GOD return after months of touring to deliver a two-song promo tape via Flatspot Records. The two tracks feature a healthy dose of death metal riffage interspersed with the heavy metallic hardcore assault that the band has become known for. Lyrically, vocalist Jeffrey Wang tackles pertinent social themes like mob justice, character assassination, and mutually assured destruction. “2 Shotz” opens the promo with a violent crescendo showcasing crushing dual guitars, which eventually dive-bomb their way into an off-kilter groove and resolve with a resounding chorus that clears the ground for guest vocals from Elliot Morrow of California hardcore allies Gulch.
The creative and cohesive songwriting demonstrated on “2 Shotz” continues with “Murdering of Souls”, a riff-heavy screed against trial by public opinion which begins with a sample from Twelve Angry Men. Throughout the song’s three minute run-time, the band does justice to their death metal influence, with chugging and squealing guitars that only rest on their path of destruction for a short bass break a la early Cannibal Corpse. Thanks to recording and mixing work at The Pit in Van Nuys from Taylor Young (Nails, Twitching Tongues) and mastering from Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon, both tracks strike a unique balance between hardcore-style aggression and death metal sonics that only HANDS OF GOD is delivering in today’s heavy music landscape.
01. 2 Shotz
02. Murdering Of Souls