Hungry For Hands
I Was Hungry For Hands


4.5
superb

Review

by Bob Vance, Vance Refrigeration USER (56 Reviews)
May 31st, 2011 | 26 replies | 8,870 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: From the darkest depths of Bandcamp comes what is currently the most crushingly organic record of 2011.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

"Bandcamping" is quite an interesting hobby. This pastime, involving the scouring of various Bandcamp pages for free music by underground artists, can be as frustrating as it sometimes is rewarding. The vast majority of the random downloads yielded by these epic searches result in passable to below average music, while a small portion of this free music can be surprisingly competent. Of these above-average artists, fewer still are truly great musicians, while an infinitesimally small cadre of select bandcamp artists put up material that truly has the potential to blow the listener away. Hungry For Hands' debut release, I Was Hungry For Hands, is one of these few borderline masterpieces. At first glance, it does not look like anything more than your average instrumental post-rock/metal album. For Christ's sake, it has a goddamn tree-man gracing its cover: how can this ever turn out well?

The funny thing is that even the music itself should not be exceptional. It's pretty standard stuff on paper: heavy and epic post-rock in the vein of If These Trees Could Talk, excessive song durations, big buildups... Combined with the band's image, this all goes against the purely astounding excellence of I Was Hungry For Hands. Hardly anything presented here is original in any way, shape, or form, so how in God's name can this be one of 2011's best post-metal records to date? While Hungry For Hands' musical ideas are mostly borrowed from a variety of better-known acts, the degree of excellence with which they pull off this 33-minute album is something that totally defies their age as a band. With no vocals to detract from the incredibly organic soundscapes crafted by the group, the listener is free to revel in the beautiful riffs accentuated by the most tasteful use of saxophone in any metal-ish band ever. Hungry For Hands' integration of soaring saxophone leads into the monolithic sludge riffs of all four tracks is ultimately one of the factors that makes the album such a triumph, setting it apart from other acts more than anything else here.

The strength of I Was Hungry For Hands lies in its utter perfection of the typical post-rock/metal formula. A song like album highlight Sarah, with its buildup-oriented structure, would be stagnant fare in the hands of less capable musicians, but Hungry For Hands have turned the 13-minute epic into one of 2011's most crushingly beautiful songs. Sarah has it all: shimmering post-rock leads and heartrendingly beautiful saxophone lines laid atop devastating riffs, ambiance-fueled soft sections that serve as respites from the song's heavier moments, and a monstrous, tension-inducing buildup that leads to one of the most immense climaxes in post-metal since Isis' Panopticon. The song is a monstrosity of songwriting prowess, providing the final push necessary for I Was Hungry For Hands to transcend from being simply an above-average atmospheric metal album to being a truly exceptional piece of music. The saxophone-infused brilliance of this album completely legitimizes "Bandcamping," proving that no matter how many mediocre bands one might discover and waste his or her precious megabytes on, there is always a very real chance of finding something truly beautiful in the process. Hungry For Hands have not yet hinted at any follow-up to their debut, but until that happens, we can be satisfied with one of 2011's most overlooked masterpieces.



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wyankeif1337
May 31st 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://rambergetrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/i-was-hungry-for-hands

it's free, so get it now. i mean, like, now.

shrapnel
May 31st 2011



735 Comments


sounds interesting, I'll check it out but that summary is horrible

wyankeif1337
May 31st 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, i know...

*edit* - crappy summary has been fixed

Ovrot
May 31st 2011



10253 Comments


CCCCCAAAAAARRRRLLLLLL

i lol at this

Josh D.
May 31st 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This sounds pretty good.

Have you heard of Kokomo?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIom2rXlnrc

wyankeif1337
May 31st 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

have not heard of them, and i'm loving that song so far. i'll probably dl the album later tonight.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2011



17339 Comments


This has been on my desktop forever i just never listened to it.

Digging: Monolake - Interstate

Emim
May 31st 2011



26195 Comments


I had a hunger that only hands could satisfy.

Josh D.
May 31st 2011



13967 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

have not heard of them, and i'm loving that song so far. i'll probably dl the album later tonight.


Just found out about them, it's pretty nice.

Rev
June 1st 2011



9291 Comments


CCCCCAAAAAARRRRLLLLLL


i should check this

wyankeif1337
June 1st 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yes you should.

Burn2Burn
June 1st 2011



2378 Comments


lol, forgot about this album. downloaded it last month sometime, didn't really think it was that good. maybe i'll give it another listen.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 1st 2011



17339 Comments


This is actually pretty good. Have to let it settle a bit.

The saxophone was unexpected and really cool.

zaruyache
June 1st 2011



4809 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Heard of this band then forgot about them. Downloading now.

Digging: Paramnesia - Paramnesia

North0House2
June 1st 2011



5596 Comments


I have spent hours scouring bandcamp, I came across these guys a few weeks ago, but I don't believe I ever listened to them.
I might give them a shot now.

Digging: Horseback - Piedmont Apocrypha

sobakuchiuchiu
June 25th 2011



1 Comments


Thanks for such a great review! I'm one of the Hungryforhands' guitarists, and we're really happy here that at least someone listens to our stuff, and then even likes it (because we hate it for most of the time)

ArtVandelay2
July 11th 2011



75 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is fucking amazing, only listened a couple times but its at least a 4. NEED MOAR

Tyrael
October 6th 2011



20394 Comments


Oh man this is growing on me like crazy

Digging: Lantlos - Melting Sun

TomAkaVeto
October 15th 2011



1523 Comments


hahaha I love everything about this. Band name/album title/track titles are all genius.

Zion
November 21st 2011



812 Comments


Not a bad album at all. Digging Sarah. At first I typed that as dicking.



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