The Hidden Hand
Mother * Teacher * Destroyer


4.0
excellent

Review

by Camelo Colca USER (12 Reviews)
March 10th, 2012 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This "Hidden Hand" will not only teach you, it will destroy you.

Scott "Wino" Weinrich, a name so familiar to the underground hard rock/metal world. If you don't know him, he has been in Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, Place of Skulls followed by a solo career and Premonition 13. In 2002, The Hidden Hand formed in Maryland comprising of Scott Weinrich (vocals/guitars), Bruce Falkinburg (bass/vocals), and Dave Henessey (Drums). After their debut, Divine Propaganda, The Hidden Hand wanted to continue their politically driven, psychedelic-induced rock and take their songwriting a step further; in return, they gave us Mother*Teacher*Destroyer.

"Declination ascertained. Ascension is
on the rise. Echoes from within the
system. A structure ill-defined."

Above, is an excerpt from the opening track, "The Crossing," which presents the theme of Mother*Teacher*Destroyer continuing in the political/social direction of Divine Propaganda. Musically, The Hidden Hand is hard to describe because one can't pinpoint who else they sound like, but the fact is, you can definitely tell this is a Wino project. There are traces of psychedelic elements especially on tracks like "Black Ribbon," "Currents," and "Magdalene," and then you heavy/slow hard rock riffage present in songs like "Desensitized," "Travesty As Usual" and "Sons of Kings" that are a definite Wino trademark. Additionally, not only do they do a good job of infusing heavy riffs with psychedelic atmosphere and tones, but Wino and Bruce trade off vocals appropriately. Depending on the song, the melody, the riff, the chorus, etc., one of the vocalist takes the forefront, and it works. In "Half Mist," the unmistakable Wino vocal melodies compliment over the guitar melodies of the song in the verse and chorus. "Black Ribbon" is a good example of Bruce's vocal ability; it is melodic yet gruff, but distinguishably different, and that is important to the impact of Mother*Teacher*Destroyer musically.

"Pour the wine onto the sand, mix
the blood of fallen men. War for
beauty must now end, leave the
broken sword for the son. Sons of
kings we return today forsaken by the
gods we've slain we're lost. Our fast
ships on the grey ocean, we kneel
and wash our weapons in the sea."

If you are a fan of Scott "Wino" Weinrich, and haven't checked out The Hidden Hand, this album is recommended. It isn't a repeat to what Wino has done in the past, but a continuation of where he started and would go in future projects. A fair and balanced approach of heavy, hard rock riffs, but not afraid to step out of the box and make it melodic.



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SteelErectedb4you8er
March 10th 2012


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This band needs more love; so, I am going to give it to them!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2012


6147 Comments


Glad to see Wino's collabs being reviewed.

Will read tomorrow, as I am exhausted right now...

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SteelErectedb4you8er
March 10th 2012


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

All good, brother. Yeah, they need them. I haven't forgotten about Thought Industry albums to give to you either. Sorry for the delay.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2012


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review bro. I like this guy. I need to check this out.

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SteelErectedb4you8er
March 10th 2012


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude! Yes, you should get on it!

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2012


20741 Comments


Nice review, pos'd.

I should probably to check this out seeing as I like Saint Vitus.

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SteelErectedb4you8er
March 11th 2012


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, Jamie....you should check it out!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2012


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My lazy ass has finally got around to listening to it. It's a great stoner rock album. Wino slays!

SteelErectedb4you8er
April 6th 2012


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you finally checked it out, it is definitely underrated. Their whole catalog is great, but this is the best one, in my opinion.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2012


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah... They're underrated just as plenty of bands of this kind. I posted the link to the new Saint Vitus video in the news section. You may want to check it out.

SteelErectedb4you8er
April 6th 2012


2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, I have, it is badass! Love it!

greg84
Staff Reviewer
April 6th 2012


7397 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree. What about The Atlas Moth. This video is awesome too.

InbredJed
March 25th 2013


5917 Comments


nice reivew, just starting to get into this!

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