On April 6 – Hands of Despair released Well of the Disquieted their latest opus. Headlining a show with Sanguine Glacialis and Within Embers, they played at the Petit Campus in Montreal. It was the official album launch for both Hands of Despair and Sanguine Glacialis.
Hands of Despair is a group that never disappoint! I remember the launch of the album Bereft which was also done at Petit Campus and I was greatly impressed. It is thus two years later that the band launches its third album entitled Well of the Disquieted. It is with the three-part song L’Invasion that the band starts this set rich in aggressiveness and melancholy! After the first two acts, where the sound left to be desired, it is with a sigh of relief that I realised we finally had something that sounded good for the main act! It wasn’t perfect, as to the difference in sound between the two guitars, but the improvement was easily noticeable.
After seeing the group several times, I must say that this is probably their most effective performance I’ve seen so far! Singer Jeffrey MacDermott was very active on stage and the same comment can be said for other musicians. You know that a performance is intense when the bassist is so in it that he loses his glasses! The band made us travel in time revisiting some pieces featured on their previous albums like Veil from the album Bereft or Shattered Memories from Hereafter. One of the new pieces, La ballade des gens heureux (no it’s not a cover of Gérard Lenorman’s song), was particularly effective and the finale was just nasty. Basically, it was excellent materials for headbanging! To play Body And Souls live, a monster of sixteen minutes, was really ambitious … and absolutely fantastic! It all ended with Etoc (from their album Bereft), and what a finale it was!
The launch of Hands of Despair has been one of the most successful I’ve seen lately and I strongly advise you to go get their brand new CD Well of the Disquieted. You can read my review here!
– Maxime Pagé (original article in French) for Thorium Magazine
If you haven’t yet, you should definitely follow Maxime Pagé’s advice and listen to Well of the Disquieted. It’s right here….