Hands of Orlac – Vengeance From The Grave ( 2010 Demo )   Leave a comment

A big thank you goes out to a Italian friend (who wishes to remain anonymous) for sending me a copy of this demo from a new Italian band, “Hands Of Orlac”. The name comes from the movie of the same name, which is a story about a pianist who has a murderer’s hands grafted on to his after an accident. This guy is basically tortured by panic attacks and irrational fears as he believes that with the hands of the murderer he has also gained the murderer’s predisposition to killing. The movie has a very dark atmosphere and has become a cult classic, this old-school Italian band has also a dark atmosphere and a sound with its roots in old Hammer Horror type films and the sounds of Traditional Metal acts like The Obsessed, Trouble and Black Sabbath but there is also a nod towards N.W.O.B.H.M, obviously in their cover version of the Angel Witch track “Sorceress” but also in the three original tracks also on this demo.

The band is led wonderfully well by a female vocalist and flautist (name unknown) and largely the music centers around her mesmerizing voice which is delicate but haunting. The immediate reaction is they are a Blood Ceremony clone and not just because of the flute but after several spins, you soon start to hear they have their own identity but still hardly original. The three originals all follow a similar path and style, “Vengeance From The Grave”, “Woland’s Omen” and “Blood Of The Dead” all have charisma, sinister bass parts and plodding guitar that is sometimes gentle but always very dark and gloomy. Along with the Hammer Horror/Occult themes comes added moments of psychedelia but at times the band doesn’t sound very together, this is most noticeable in “Woland’s Omen”. The Hands Of Orlac demo does have its strong-points though with interesting solo’s and some good riffs but not really enough of them to make this demo stand out among the endless stream of flute-led occult-based trad-doom bands.

The highlight of the demo is the Angel Witch cover and that is because they didn’t write it and I mean that with all due respect to Hands Of Orlac, it is just when you hear the classic riffing and melody lines of “Sorceress”, it really highlights the weaknesses of this Italian band. Putting the flaws aside however, I see a solid future in the Traditional Doom Metal scene and this is only a debut demo so they can only get better from here on. Expect to hear a lot from this band in the next couple of years, very promising indeed…… 7/10
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Posted September 16, 2010 by doommantia in Hands Of Orlac

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