CRUEL HAND 'The Negatives'
Though four years have passed since Cruel Hand released their last LP, it seems that the time was put to good use. Since Lock & Key, the band has learned to fuse punk more adequately into the mix of their largely hardcore formula, creating something more versatile and fun. Though some of the tracks found on The Negatives have already been previously released – including “Cheap Life,” “Heat,” and “Vigilante Citizen” – the band’s new collection is a fresh burst of energy that manages to keep memorable and catchy throughout its twenty-so minutes. The Negatives may be a quickly played record, but that is quite common for this genre. After all, it’s better to have a highly entertaining ride go for only twenty minutes, then something over-winded and clunky that lasts for forty. Cruel Hand are definitely going the right direction with this one, and hopefully they will continue to expand upon this punk fusing in the future. Their evolution over the years has been mostly gradual, but valuable. This may very well be their best record yet. The Negatives is a fucking winner for hardcore/punk.