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Empty Hand

Sweden Country of Origin: Sweden

Empty Hand
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Release Date: 2011
Genre: Doom, Hard Rock
2. Empty Words
3. In The Arms Of Death
4. I Don't Belong
5. Someone Else's Share
6. King Cliff
7. Harmony And Noise
8. Dirty Tricks
9. Another Troubled Mind
10. Too Much, Too Fast, Too Loud

Review by Anna on October 2, 2011.

Rise And Shine is a doomy 70s-style rock band from Sweden, arguably in the “American” vein. "Empty Hand" is their fourth full-length. I cannot comment on their evolution as I’m not familiar with their back catalog, but I find this particular album to be decent, or mediocre.

I might enjoy this live at a summer festival where I’m distracted by the sun and the fun, but I can’t imagine listening to this in my spare time. There wasn’t one riff nor vocal line that conjured anything more from me than a mild semi-approval. Towards the end I found I wasn’t even paying attention anymore cause I was burnt out on the sound. Everything is so “in-the-middle,” with no sensitivity in execution, surprises or risks. The music is not hopeless, but what kills it for me is really the silly vocals.

From the description I read I thought maybe I would dig the vocals, but unfortunately I think it was the worst thing about this band. Obviously Josabeth can sing, but applying vibrato on everything, in such a mechanical, thoughtless way, combined with the incompetence of her English pronunciation made everything sound wobbly and almost incompetent. It’s really hard to take seriously. From the moment I put it on I felt a slight cringe of embarrassment for the band, and for myself in case my neighbor could hear the music- a cringe that ceased only when the album was over. It reminds me of the feeling I had while watching Sweden on Eurovision.

If you like “Heavy/Psych/Doom Rock”, you may want to check this out, but don’t have your expectations too high.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 6.5
Atmosphere: 6.5
Production: 8.5
Originality: 6.5
Overall: 6

Rating: 8.1 out of 10