SAV­AGE HANDS

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews - STEVE BEEBEE

BARELY ALIVE (SHARPTONE) KK POST-HARD­CORE NEW­COM­ERS JOIN THE DOTS BUT CAN’T FIND THEIR PAINT POTS

■ WE’VE ALL been there. You’ve fol­lowed the recipe but for some rea­son the thing that comes out of the oven doesn’t smell right.there’s no doubt­ing that U.S. quin­tet Sav­age Hands have the tal­ent to mount an as­sault on the senses some­time in the fu­ture – but this in­tro­duc­tory, seven-song EP isn’t it. Cer­tainly it has clar­ity and pace, and is en­hanced slightly by elec­tronic in­fu­sions and (rather more so) by Mike Gar­row’s moun­tain-con­quer­ing vo­cals – but it’s in the writ­ing that it fails. Once you’ve got over the power of opener RED’S at­tack, you’re left search­ing for some­thing fresh, some­thing that’s not generic. Barely Alive isn’t bad for a first trip, but Sav­age Hands will need to reach higher to pull us in. DOWN­LOAD: RED. FOR FANS OF: Crown The Em­pire, FFAF.

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