Kintsugi Released November 3rd

So the announcement is finally here, Kintsugi will be released through Brutal Elite Records on November 3rd 2014.

Pre-order packs will be up soon, and we hope to bring you news of some live dates to accompany the release.

The official press release from SaN PR is below –

hAND are back and release their new album ‘Kintsugi’ on Monday 3rd November through Brutal Elite.

Although hAND can be loosely described as a Prog band, when you peel back the aural layers, you’ll find a definitive edge that sets the band firmly apart from its contemporary counterparts. Progressive and heavy, yet accessible, hAND have unearthed a sound that is innovative and engrossing. They call to mind the thoughtful webby depths of ‘Opeth’, meshed with the proggy groove of ‘Amplifier’ and the gothic guile of ‘Paradise Lost’. Acutely marrying carefully formed visceral guitar parts, dynamic drums, and alluring vocals, hAND have a strong focus and a clear vision of what they want to produce.
 
Originally formed back in 2004, the band come at you from Sussex. Right from their early years, which saw hAND unleash their first EP “Chapters”, to the band’s next EP “Shadow: Word Pain”, which landed them a record deal with Copro Records, to the foursome’s debut album “Deadroom Journal”, each release and record has progressed in its sheer song-writing quality and production. The progsters worked with producer Nick Hemingway (Isor, Cancer, Desecration) @ Philia Studios for “Deadroom Journal”, and the album went on to secure lofty praise with Dead Earnest, who dubbed the release: “Totally groundbreaking in such a genre”. Off the back of the album, hAND signed to Femme Metal Records and began to play shows throughout the whole of the UK, as well as racking up prominent festival appearances. In 2010, the progressive crew headed back to the studio to record their sophomore album “Breathing”, with Nick Hemingway again at the helm. Released in June 2011 via Femme Metal Records and Brutal Elite Records, the album picked up even greater acclaim than their debut album. In the summer of 2011, long time drummer Cris Nelson left the band. He was replaced by Dan Thomas, and at the same time synth player Tom Johnstone joined as a full time member. Taking a hiatus from playing live in 2013, hAND solely focused on writing their next album and perfecting their revitalised eclectic sound.
 
This year, the quartet hit the studio once more with long term collaborator and producer Nick Hemmingway to lay down their third album ‘Kintsugi’. Comprised of hypnotic and supremely orchestrated guitar riffs and crashing drums with pulsing rhythms, ‘Kintsugi’ is primed to rattle your ear drums and will surely pull you in. The album will be widely supported with extensive touring and is released in two formats: the regular CD/digital download version and the ‘Gold Edition’. The Gold Edition is more than just the same album with a couple of bonus tracks; whilst it does contain some of the same songs, it is approached in a very different way in terms of production and feel. The approach taken differs in the production style – a more natural, dynamic and even old-school take, designed to contrast with the heavier, more driving production employed on the ‘regular’ Kintsugi. The Gold Edition will also be available on vinyl and in a special pre-order pack. Both versions of the record drop this November; look out as hAND are set to take the scene by storm.

PRESS CONTACT: Garry Hutchinson / SaN PR: [email protected]

BAND EMAIL: [email protected]

Kintsugi is finished, gold edition announced!

Hi everyone,

Kintsugi is finished (yay!), it’s going to press this week so very soon we should have the actual physical CDs in our midst.

This later than we originally planned, a large part of that being it took us quite a while to decide exactly how we wanted to release this album. From the very start of Kintsugi we wanted to do things a bit different and experiment a bit more, especially with the production side of things. Boring details aside… we ended up with two finished versions of Kintsugi, each with a different approach.

The dilemma we had is which version do we release? We discussed and discussed, there was no obvious answer to that question. So here it is: We are releasing two versions of Kintsugi.

The Standard Edition (which is the CD version) is everything you would expect from a modern day studio production. Slick, crisp, exciting and powerful.  No holds barred, this conveys the tracks with a sharp, decisive attack and nails the power behind them.

The Gold Edition (download and vinyl) has a completely different feel and is more reminiscent of the analogue era, more dynamics and adds a live vibe to everything. One track is an entirely separate recording altogether.  This is something special indeed and will be available on vinyl and also as a lossless high-quality download.

We just want everyone to enjoy the music, so if you buy the Standard Edition you get the Gold Edition for free as a download. There will be more details about all that in the coming weeks, but we’re still sorting out a few things for the run up to release day (including the date)!

Finally the Prog Britannia radio show hosted at http://progrock.com/pr/ will be airing a couple of tracks from Kinstugi on Monday June 30th @ 3PM. If you want to hear them first that’s where you need to be.
You can check out the show further by visiting to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/286925034811650/.

Thanks,

hAND
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A Quick Thank You

Hi all,

Fresh from our gig at the weekend, we’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came down to support us and the great reception you all gave Kintsugi. It was really great to play live once again and to give the new material it’s first airing, as well as meeting you all!

Also thanks to Epsilon for the invite and the chance to play, they are a stellar band and bunch of guys. There is a lot of prog love between our two bands.

Taken By Cheryl Zimmermann

Taken By Cheryl Zimmermann

Lastly, it was brought to our attention that our online shop hasn’t been working as the checkout was broken. The issue has now been fixed and the shop is back up and running again. Sorry to anyone who has been trying to order from our site!

Thanks

hAND
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New Site Launched + Music Video Premiere

Hello guys,

We hope you are well! If you haven’t been on our official site for a while handtheband.com – then now is the time. We’ve relaunched it with a brand new look and more info, it’s now easier than ever to get to our music, videos and merch.

As well as the new site, our music video for Level One is being premiered at Tokyo Demo Fest this weekend. It’s being released there first as even though it is our music video, it is also a very big project for the team behind it. We’re really excited about this and wish the guys all the best luck in the competition!

We’re hoping to bring you the completed video and track very soon, there’s just some very minor tweaking to be done before we release it to the world.

However, here is a new shot to whet your appetite 🙂


Level One video screenshot

Level One Video Screenshot

Finally we’d like to announce our first live date for our return to the gigging scene. We shall be playing in our home town of Horsham on May 23rd @ The Holbrook Club. Full details will follow shortly (and be available on all our social sites) but this will be the first time to hear a large part of Kintsugi live.

We hope you will be able to make it!

Have a great weekend,

hAND
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Kintsugi Artwork and Tracklisting

So we are finally back from the land of OZ and fully enjoying the lovely English weather 😉

Work is back up and running on Kintsugi with 8 out of the 9 songs complete. There’s just a little bit of tweaking needed on the opening track to provide the cherry on top.

We wanted to share with you the cover artwork and tracklisting, I think you’ll agree that Gustavo Sazes has done an amazing job! We can’t wait for you to see the full CD design.

Kintsugi Cover

Kintsugi Tracklisting:

Level 1
Windlestraw
Anthem (Ode To The Giddy)
Volcanic Panic
Nebula
Amazing Burn
Hide You
Through The Big Door Up the Stairs And Out
Words To That Effect (instrumental)

 

As always we welcome your comments and feedback via any of our social media sites, or leave us a comment below.

Thanks

hAND

Happy Christmas.

Hello everyone,

There’s just time before Christmas to say we hope you have a great time over the holidays and an awesome new year! We’d like to thank you for all your continued support in 2013, it really means a lot to us, so thank you.

We hope you’ve enjoyed all the behind the scenes footage for Kintsugi so far, we have two rather special videos coming up in the new year for you which we are really excited about. We’re taking a break over Christmas and some time in January as most of the band are overseas for a little while. When we get back it will be full steam ahead with promo, new tracks, new merch, and launch gigs!

Have a great one everybody, we wish you all the best!

Dan, Kat, Kieren & TJ

hAND
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Studio Diary

Hi,

A lot has been happening behind the scenes for the last couple of weeks! We’re still mixing the album as there’s a bit of tweaking left to do, but it’s sounding rather beefy, and very yummy right now. We are well on the way to a completed album and when it’s done we may put up a song or two 🙂

Aside from the mxing we have been finalising release dates, artwork, promo plans, merch etc. We have a list as long as our arms to work through, but it’s all starting to come together which is very exciting!

Take a look at our video diary from the studio, it has lots of behind the scenes footage but make sure to watch right to the end 😉

Kintsugi Studio Diary

There’s loads more to come and we’d love to know your thoughts so far, feel free to drop us a comment on FacebookYoutube or below.

Thanks
hAND
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