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The Hidden Hand
Mother Teacher Destroyer (Southern Lord Recodrs)

By: Mike SOS

The king of underground doom rock returns with The Hidden Hand, as Wino and company bring the sludgy, stoned goodness back again for an 11-track sojourn. This time around, The Hidden Hand dabbles in other genres besides the usual doom/stoner rock areas, with prime results, without alienating the trio's massive freewheeling foundation. Tracks like the epically dismal "Sons of Kings" are true to the doom metal genre, placing churning riffs at a dirge-like pace. Other standouts such as "Desensitized" juxtapose thick, meaty riffs with metaphysical space metal jams, while the psychedelic swirling instrumental "Draco Vibration" contains more trippy value than ten hits of acid. Pushing the boundaries of heavy without sacrificing an ounce of creepiness, Mother Teacher Destroyer is yet another sonic success for this group of metal veterans.
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