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Empty Hand SwedenCountry Of Origin: Sweden
Rise And Shine - Empty Hand

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MB Rating: 8.1
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Empty Hand Sound
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Empty Words
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In The Arms Of Death
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I Don't Belong
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Someone Else's Share
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King Cliff
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Harmony And Noise
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Dirty Tricks
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Another Troubled Mind
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Too Much, Too Fast, Too Loud

Release Date: 2011
Label: I Hate Records
Categories: Doom, Hard Rock
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MetalBite Review by Anna on 10/2/2011
Rise And Shine is a doomy 70s-style rock band from Sweden, arguably in the ďAmericanĒ vein. "Empty Hand" is their fourth full-length. I cannot comment on their evolution as Iím 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 Iím distracted by the sun and the fun, but I canít imagine listening to this in my spare time. There wasnít one riff nor vocal line that conjured anything more from me than a mild semi-approval. Towards the end I found I wasnít even paying attention anymore cause I was burnt out on the sound. Everything is so ďin-the-middle,Ē 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. Itís 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 ďHeavy/Psych/Doom RockĒ, you may want to check this out, but donít 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